The legendary Nate Thompson, after an astounding 844 NHL games, is calling it a career. Thompson dropped the bombshell during an epic episode of the Empty Netters Podcast.
Let's dive into the stats and reminisce about Thompson's extraordinary journey.
Coming straight outta Anchorage, Alaska, this hockey prodigy spent an incredible 14 seasons in the NHL, making a lasting impression wherever he played. And oh boy, did he leave his mark in Winnipeg during the 2020-21 season! Thompson was all fire, tearing it up in 44 games, notching two goals and dishing out three assists. Talk about a true sports dynamo!
But rewind the clock back to 2003 when the Boston Bruins spotted his raw talent and drafted him in the 6th round. From there, Thompson polished his skills during four solid seasons with Seattle in the WHL. The AHL welcomed him in the 2004-05 season when he suited up for the Providence Bruins, rocking the rink with his awe-inspiring performance in 11 playoff games.
Fast forward to the big leagues; Thompson made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season, and he never looked back! During the 2012-13 lockout, he returned to his Alaskan roots, lighting it up with the Alaska Aces in the ECHL.
Thompson was like a hockey nomad, playing for an astounding nine NHL teams! From Boston to New York, from Tampa Bay to Anaheim, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, and finally, Winnipeg. Thompson sure knew how to make an impact, no matter the team.
And let's not forget his time in the Peg! Thompson's heart and soul were in Winnipeg, and he wore the number 11 jersey like a true warrior. That number holds a special place in the hearts of the Jets and Manitoba Moose fans, honoring the iconic Rick Rypien.
As we say farewell to this hockey maestro, we can't help but be grateful for the countless memories he's given us. Nate Thompson, you're an inspiration to us all, and your impact on the sport will live on for generations. So here's to you, Nate! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, and may you continue to be an ambassador for the game we all love.