THOMPSON EXCITED ABOUT HIS FUTURE PROSPECTS
(Courtesy of Perry Bergson, the Brandon Sun) — Logan Thompson finally has some clarity on where he’ll play next season.
The 21-year-old Calgary product graduated from the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings in April when they were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Brock University Badgers hockey team announced last week that Thompson would be joining the squad for their upcoming season, but he has some unfinished business to take care of first.
Thompson is headed to a development camp with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on June 25, with an eye to joining the club’s entry in a rookie tournament in September.
“Obviously it’s not set in stone — I have to perform well — but that’s kind of the plan moving forward,” Thompson said. “I’ll see where that goes.”
A sixth-round pick in 2012, Thompson played 122 regular-season games in his career, posting a 3.26 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. He also made seven post-season appearances.
Unfortunately for the Calgary product, he suffered a high ankle sprain late in the regular season this year, and after two starts in the first round of the playoffs against the Medicine Hat Tigers, was shut down for good after aggravating the injury late in Game 2.
It was a disappointing end to the season for the team MVP and Eastern Conference’s second-team all-star netminder.
He said the ankle is now fine again as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.
“Nothing has changed from the end of the season,” Thompson said. “I do want to play pro and I’m willing to work my way up from the bottom of the ranks. I’m a guy who’s always been an underdog, so I’m willing to start at the bottom and work my way up.”
If pro hockey doesn’t pan out, Brock would seem to be a good fit. The Badgers went 14-9-5 in the regular season and then embarked on a playoff run that saw them upset Laurier, Guelph and York, before eventually getting knocked out in the quarter-finals of the USports Cavendish Farms University Cup National Championship.
“They’re losing their number one guy,” Thompson said. “They told me coming in that I would be the number one guy looking to play 25, 26 games. If I have to go school, I’d want to go to a situation where I’d play. They had a good team last year going to nationals. If that’s where I end up, it’s going to be a good fit for me.”
Thompson hasn’t spent too much time thinking about what he’ll take yet, although he noted Brock does have excellent sports management and policing programs.
The only player Thompson knows on the Badgers is former WHLer Adam Berg, who recently committed to the Badgers as well.
The goaltender will be back in Brandon in July and August to help at area hockey schools. While his heart remains set on playing pro, he’s happy to have an alternate plan.
A year ago, Brandonite Tyler Coulter graduated from the Wheat Kings and played minor pro before heading to the University of Calgary around Christmas, where he joined former Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny.
“It’s an awesome Plan B,” Thompson said. “Obviously everyone’s goal is to go pro, but if it doesn’t work out, you get four or five years of your school paid for and you get to keep playing hockey, which is nice.
“Talking to guys like Paps — we talk once a week — he said he really liked the experience. Everyone I’ve talked to about it said it’s an awesome Plan B, so it’s good to hear that from guys around the Dub and know it’s in my back pocket.”