Brian Thompson

Athlete - Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson was introduced to lacrosse at the age of twelve through his older brother Ian. Ian’s class were given lacrosse sticks, he brought it home, Brian picked it up to try and never put it down. In 1959 Brian and his brothers traveled from Novar to Huntsville to join the Minor Lacrosse League.
After moving through the Huntsville Minor Lacrosse League and into the Junior League, Brian moved onto the Oshawa Junior A Green Gaels with renowned coach Jim Bishop. While in Oshawa the Green Gaels won seven Minto Cups (Canadian Junior A Championships) from 1963-1969 of which Brian played on three in 1964-1965-1966.
1967 and 1968 back in Huntsville proved to be stellar for Brian as he was the Junior A League MVP both years.
In 1969 legendary lacrosse great Jack Bionda arrived in Huntsville and Brian moved into the Senior League.
1971 was a memorable year for Brian and fellow team mate Ken Thompson when they got a call from former coach Jim Bishop who was now coaching Senior B in Windsor Ontario. Each game saw the boys hop on a small plane at the Muskoka Airport to fly to Windsor to play. Due to the considerable distance the boys attended no practices, but still managed to win the Presidents Cup (Senior B Canadian Lacrosse Championship).
In 1972 and 1973 Brian played for the Victoria Shamrocks (British Columbia) with brother Ivan. With the introduction of a Pro League Brian returned to Ontario to play for the Toronto Tomahawks for the 1974 season and then with the Boston Bolts in 1975.
After retiring from playing, a career that spanned sixteen years, Brian continued to share his knowledge of the game from behind the bench.
He coached the Victoria Shamrocks and the Huntsville Hawks who won the Bronze medal at the Founder’s Cup.
Brian was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996.
He was also inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Green Gaels Organization and into the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame as member of the Green Gaels.