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.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.