Legends of the Game

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

George “Mush” Thompson

May 3, 1910- Sept. 9, 1996 (86 years old)

Inducted to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971, George became a life member of the Excelsior Lacrosse Club in 1983. Thompson’s lacrosse playing career bridged the transition era, that is the switch from field to box-lacrosse.

Not only did Thompson captain the 1930 Ontario Amateur Lacrosse Association Brampton Excelsior Junior Champions, a club which lost only one game, but he also played for the Canadian Mann Cup Senior Champions of 1930 and 1931. His next Mann Cup came in 1942 as a member of the Mimico-Brampton Combines.

In 1943, Thompson’s bid for a fourth Mann Cup was stopped by the Canadian Champion New Westminster Salmonbellies. His senior career ended in 1947. For the next nine years, Thompson was active in the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association.

George became coach of the Junior Excelsiors in 1956, a team which won four Ontario titles and three consecutive Minto Cup Championships, emblematic of Canadian junior lacrosse supremacy.

In addition to his lacrosse involvement George was active in many other sports in Brampton including hockey, softball and curling.

Just a side note…

The Brampton Excelsiors hand out the George “Mush” Thompson Memorial Award every year to someone who has contributed their time and effort to the Brampton lacrosse community.

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