Nate Thompson

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Nate Thompson
Nate Thompson 2011-04-23.JPG
Thompson with the Tampa Bay Lightning in April 2011
Born (1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 30)
Anchorage, AK, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft 183rd overall, 2003
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2005–present
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze 2013 Sweden/Finland

Nate Scott Thompson (born October 5, 1984) is an American ice hockey player, currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Thompson was drafted in the 6th round, 183rd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Thompson was a product of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League and made his professional debut with the Providence Bruins in the play-offs of the 2004–05 season.

Boston Bruins[edit]

Thompson signed an entry level contract with the Bruins on July 20, 2005 and made his debut in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2006–07 playing four games.

New York Islanders[edit]

Just before the start of the 2008–09 season on October 8, 2008, Thompson was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.[1] Thompson scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers on November 4, 2008.[2]

On July 27, 2009, Thompson was re-signed to a one-year contract with the Islanders.[3]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

After posting 6 points in 39 games with the Islanders in the 2009–10, Thompson was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 21, 2010.[4] On July 10, 2010, the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed Thompson to a one year contract. Thompson appeared in 32 games with the Lightning last season after being claimed off of waivers from the New York Islanders. Thompson had one goal and four points. Thompson excelled in the face off circle for the Lightning, winning 219 of 385 draws taken (56.9 percent). Thompson set career highs this season with eight assists, points with 10 and tied a career high with two goals.[5]

On January 31, 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of Nate Thompson to a two year contract extension. Thompson had played in 51 games with the Lightning this season, recording career-highs for goals with seven, assists with 10 and points with 17. Thompson continued his success in the face-off circle, winning 249 of 446 draws taken (55.8 percent). Thomson ranks seventh among NHL forwards with 49 blocked shots and also is fourth on the team with 25 takeaways.[6]

During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Thompson played for his hometown Alaska Aces of the ECHL and returned to Tampa Bay at the end of the lockout.[7]

On March 3, 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced signing Thompson to a four-year contract extension. Thomson skated in 30 games this season with the Lightning, posting six goals and 10 points to go along with six penalty minutes. Thompson ranks second on the team in hits with 58, and is third in face-off percentage (50.6 percent).[8]

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

On June 29, 2014, Thompson was traded by Tampa Bay to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for two picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 69 13 26 39 42 11 1 3 4 13
2002–03 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 61 10 24 34 48 15 5 4 9 6
2003–04 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 65 13 23 36 24
2004–05 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 58 19 15 34 39 12 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 11 0 1 1 4
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 74 8 10 18 58 3 0 0 0 10
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 67 8 15 23 74 13 0 2 2 9
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 75 19 20 39 83 10 2 3 5 4
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 43 2 2 4 49
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 39 1 5 6 39
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 32 1 3 4 17
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 10 15 25 29 18 1 3 4 4
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 9 6 15 21
2012–13 Alaska Aces ECHL 24 7 14 21 23
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 45 7 8 15 17
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 9 7 16 27 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 391 39 46 85 199 22 1 3 4 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States WC 7th 8 2 0 2 0
2013 United States WC 3rd 10 1 2 3 8
Senior totals 18 3 2 5 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islanders claim Thompson". NHL. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Thompson's first career goal sparks Islanders over Rangers". CBS Sports. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Islanders agree to terms with Thompson". New York Islanders. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Lightning claim Nate Thompson off waivers from Islanders". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 7, 2010). "Tampa Bay Lightning Re-sign Center Nate Thompson". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Pupello, Peter (January 31, 2011). "Tampa Bay Lightning Re-sign Nate Thompson to 2-Year Contract Extension". Bolts Report. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Worley, Brandon (September 28, 2012). "Scott Gomez, Joey Crabb, Nate Thompson sign with ECHL's Alaska Aces". SB Nation. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Pupello, Peter (March 23, 2013). "Tampa Bay Lightning Agree to Terms with Forward Nate Thompson". Bolts Report. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ducks acquire Thompson for two late 2015 picks". National Hockey League. 2014-06-29. 

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