By Carter Brooks
Photo by Stephen Leithwood
Former Brandon Wheat King and WHL champion Logan Thompson has signed an official American Hockey League contract.
On Tuesday it was announced that the 22-year-old Calgary, AB. native had officially signed with the AHL's Hershey Bears
After honing his craft in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Thompson transitioning over to WHL play, where the 6-foot-3, 180-pound goalie put up a 63-41-4 record with the Wheaties from the 2014-15 season until his final junior hockey season in 2017-18. Thompson was counted upon more and more as his career progressed, playing in just four games in 2014-15, 23 in 2015-16, 40 in 2016-17 and then ultimately ending his career in playing 55 of his team's 72 contests.
Thompson finished off his overage WHL season in 2017-18 with 29 victories, three shutouts, a .908 save percentage and a 3.41 goals against average. He was also voted in as a WHL Second Team All-Star. The longtime Wheat King moved to St. Catharines where he put together an exceptionally successful 2018-19 season with the Brock University Badgers,
He was the recipient of three major U-Sports recognitions, the Ontario University Athletics Rookie of the Year, the OUA Goaltender of the Year, while being selected as a First Team All-Star. In picking up 18 wins in 24 starts, Thompson went 18-6-0 in the process, while placing second in the league with a 2.22 goals against average, and third in save percentage (.934).
Thompson spent the school year studying Social Sciences at Brock, while putting up all-star numbers. He had three shutouts, and boasted a .750 win percentage in his rookie season; Thompson turned aside 770 shots, while only giving up 54 goals all season.
Following his stellar campaign, Thompson put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Adirondack Thunder the East Coast Hockey League affiliate team of the New Jersey Devils in early March, where he played in eight games, putting up a strong .922 save percentage and a 2.59 goals against average. The undrafted netminder joined Binghamton of the AHL on a professional tryout basis for the Devils' final home game of the season in early April.
He will now battle for the starter's spot in Hershey for the 2019-20 season alongside Russian phenom Ilya Samsonov, Pheonix Copley and others.