Cliff Thompson

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Clifford Bernard Thompson (December 9, 1918 – February 6, 1997) was an American professional ice hockey player. He played defense in the Boston Bruins organization from 1939 until 1950, playing for the NHL Bruins in 1941–42 and 1948–49.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, Thompson started his pro career with a tryout with the Boston Olympics in the 1938–39 season. He returned for two seasons with the Olympics, scoring 16 goals in 35 games in his rookie season. In 1941–42, he made his NHL debut with the Bruins, playing three games, while mainly playing for the Hershey Bears and St. Paul of the American Hockey Association (AHA). From 1942–1945, Thompson fought in World War II. He returned to the Olympics and played every season for the club until 1950, with a ten-game call-up to the Bruins in 1948–49 and nine games for the Bears that same season.

Thompson retired and became a linesman. He was famously involved in an altercation with Maurice Richard in 1955, leading to Richard's suspension and the Richard Riot.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • EAHL Second All-Star Team (1947, 1948)


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