In the eighty-sixth 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.
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.