Legends of the Game

In the thirty-first edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Wayne Thompson.

The article is from the “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors.

Here is the article in it’s entirety…

With the acceptance of the gutted stick from his Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame father, George (Mush) Thompson, in 1946, it became Wayne’s duty to seek excellence in the cherished tradition of the Brampton Excelsiors.

For the next 28 years, Wayne, not the biggest of three lacrosse-playing brothers, would distinguish himself in minor, junior, senior and professional ranks.

Wayne starred with Brampton’s Canadian Junior Lacrosse Minto Cup champion teams coached by his father, in 1957, 1958 and 1959.

In 1960, Wayne was picked up by the Port Credit Sailors winners of a Canadian Senior Mann Cup Championship.

He played for Canadian Senior Brampton Mann Cup finalists in 1961 and 1962. Pro lacrosse took Wayne to Montreal Maroons in 1967 and to the Maryland Arrows in 1974.

Following his playing career, Wayne coached the Brampton midget Excelsiors 1976 and the Bramption Junior Excelsiors in 1979, just 20 years after playing for Brampton’s last Canadian Junior Championship team.

While a Junior, Wayne played with Brampton Regents, winners of Brampton’s first Metro Junior “B” Hockey League championship in 1955-56.

Inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.

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