Eddie Thompson (Canadian football)

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Eddie Thompson
Born: May 21, 1917
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 22, 1943(1943-04-22) (aged 25)
At sea
Career information
Position(s) Halfback, Kicker, Quarterback
College Oakwood Collegiate
Career history
As player
1937–39 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1940 Camp Borden
1942 Toronto RCAF Hurricanes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1938, 1939, 1940
Awards 1939 - Imperial Oil Trophy
Honours 1942 - Grey Cup champion

Eddie Thompson (May 21, 1917 - April 22, 1943) was a halfback in the Ontario Rugby Football Union. He served in World War II and lost his life during it.

Thompson played for his hometown Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers from 1937 to 1939, and was a two time all-star and winner of the Imperial Oil Trophy in 1939 as the ORFU most valuable player.[1] He enlisted in the Canadian Forces in 1940 and played football with Camp Borden in 1940.

In 1942 he was co-captain of the famed Toronto RCAF Hurricanes team.[2] He scored 51 points in 1942 and was a key player on the Grey Cup champions.[3]

Flight Lieutenant Edward Blake Thompson was reported "missing in action at sea" on April 22, 1943, and was later presumed dead.[4][5]


  1. ^ Thompson Wins Trophy The Montreal Gazette, December 1, 1939
  2. ^ Beaches Meet Hurricanes Saskatoon Star-Phoenix October 3, 1942
  3. ^ Announcement Clears Way for Grid Final Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, November 23, 1942
  4. ^ Eddie Thompson, Toronto Athlete, Actually Belonged to all Canada by Charles Edwards Ottawa Citizen, May 11, 1943
  5. ^ Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead