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 medal – third place 2013 Sweden/Finland

Nate Scott Thompson (born October 5, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also previously played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, the former of which drafted him in the sixth round, 183rd overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Thompson played major junior ice hockey for the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Seattle Thunderbirds beginning in the 2001–02 season. After his second season with Seattle, in 2002–03, he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round, 183rd overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft on June 21–22, 2003.

Thompson remained with the Thunderbirds for two additional seasons after his NHL selection by the Bruins, in 2003–04 and 2004–05. However, during the latter season, he joined Boston's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins on their run in the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs, making his professional debut.

Professional[edit]

Thompson signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on July 20, 2005, and made his debut in the NHL with the team in 2006–07, playing four games; however, he spent the majority of the season with Providence in the AHL.

Just prior to the start of the 2008–09 season, on October 8, 2008, Thompson was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.[1] He scored his first career NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers just under one month later, on November 4.[2]

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

After registering six points in 39 games with the Islanders in the 2009–10 season, Thompson was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 21, 2010. [4] He would appear in 32 games for the Lightning, scoring one goal and three assists for four points; in total, he scored two goals and and eight assists for both the Islanders and Lightning, then-career-highs. He also excelled in face-offs, winning 219 of 385 taken for Tampa Bay, a 56.9 percent success rate. In the subsequent off-season, on July 10, 2010, Tampa Bay re-signed Thompson to a one-year contract.[5]

On January 31, 2011, Tampa Bay signed Thompson to a two-year contract extension. At that point, he had played in 51 games with the team, recording career-highs for goals (7), assists (10) and points (17). Thompson also continued his success in the face-off circle, winning 249 of 446 draws taken (55.8 percent). He ranked seventh among NHL forwards with 49 blocked shots, and was also fourth on the team in takeaways, with 25.[6] In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson appeared in 80 games, scoring five goals along with 13 assists.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Thompson played for his hometown Alaska Aces of the ECHL, later returning to the Lightning at the end of the lockout.[7] On March 3, 2013, Tampa Bay signed Thompson to a four-year contract extension.[8] He finished the shortened, 48-game 2012–13 season with seven goals and eight assists from 45 games played.

He played in 81 games during the 2013–14 season, scoring nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. 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] In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson appeared in 80 games, scoring five goals along with 13 assists.

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
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 80 5 13 18 39 12 2 4 6 6
NHL totals 471 44 59 103 238 34 3 7 10 10

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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