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Tage Nathaniel Thompson (born October 30, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey winger who is currently playing for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Thompson was selected 26th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Tage Thompson
Tage Thompson 2017-10-04.jpg
Born (1997-10-30) October 30, 1997 (age 22)
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Rochester Americans (AHL)
St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2016
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2017–present

Early lifeEdit

Thompson was born in Glendale, Arizona, and has lived across the US, attending eleven different schools before accelerating his graduation from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan after his junior year at the University of Connecticut's request.[2]

Playing careerEdit

After playing in the U.S. National Development Team in the United States Hockey League, Thompson embarked on a collegiate career with Connecticut in the Hockey East conference. Thompson appeared in all 36 games during his freshman season at UCONN in 2015–16 and was second on the team with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. He also led the nation with 14 power play goals.[3]

In the 2016–17 season, and after his selection by the Blues in the draft, Thompson appeared in 34 games with the Huskies as a sophomore. He missed two games while participating with Team USA in the IIHF World Junior U20 Championship in Canada which resulted in Thompson earning his second Gold Medal. During his 34 games, Thompson led the Huskies with 19 goals and 32 points.[4] After the completion of the Huskies season, Thompson opted to conclude his collegiate career and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on March 7, 2017.[5] He immediately joined the Blues affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, on an amateur try-out contract for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.

Thompson made his NHL debut in the Blues' first game of the 2017–18 season, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, on October 4, 2017.[6] He played four NHL games before being sent down to the San Antonio Rampage on October 13, 2017.[7] He was recalled back to the NHL on December 18, 2017, and scored his first NHL goal 3 days later, in a 3-2 loss against the Edmonton Oilers.[8][9]

On July 1, 2018, he was part of a trade by the Blues that sent Vladimír Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, a 2019 first round draft pick, and a 2021 second round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly.[10]

PersonalEdit

His father was a former NHL player and current head coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Brent Thompson,[11] mother is Kimberly Oliver Thompson from Phoenix, Arizona, and brother Tyce Thompson, who attended Salisbury High School and played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL. He was drafted by the NJ Devils and is a 6'1 So. wing for Providence College.[12][13]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 U.S. National Development Team USHL 25 7 7 14 20
2015–16 U. of Connecticut HE 36 14 18 32 12
2016–17 U. of Connecticut HE 34 19 13 32 24
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 16 1 1 2 2 10 2 1 3 4
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 3 6 9 12
2017–18 San Antonio Rampage AHL 30 8 10 18 4
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 7 5 12 20
2018–19 Rochester Americans AHL 8 6 3 9 4 3 2 0 2 2
NHL totals 106 10 11 21 32
Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  2017 Canada
World U18 Championships
  2015 Switzerland

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 United States WJC18   7 0 1 1 2
2017 United States WJC   7 1 4 5 4
2018 United States WC   10 1 2 3 16
Junior totals 14 1 5 6 6
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tage Thompson hope to follow father Brent to NHL". National Hockey League. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  2. ^ Olsen, Becky (May 26, 2015). "Tage Thompson Celebrates U18 Worlds Title With a Tumble". usahockeyntdp.com. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tage Thompson player profile". Connecticut Huskies. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  4. ^ "UCONN Huskies Team Stats". Connecticut Huskies. 2017-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  5. ^ "Thompson agrees to three-year entry-level contract". St. Louis Blues. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  6. ^ Pinkert, Chris (4 October 2017). "Projected Lineup: Oct. 4 at Pittsburgh". NHL.com. St. Louis Blues. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  7. ^ Pinkert, Chris (13 October 2017). "Blues recall Blais from San Antonio". NHL.com. St. Louis: St. Louis Blues. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  8. ^ Thomas, JIm (December 18, 2017). "Blues recall Thompson from San Antonio". Calgary, AB: St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  9. ^ The Canadian Press (21 December 2017). "Caggiula scores late, Oilers beat Blues for third straight win". Sportsnet.ca. Edmonton: Sportsnet. Retrieved 22 December 2017. Thompson got a shot through traffic past Talbot for his first career NHL goal.
  10. ^ "Sabres sending forward Ryan O'Reilly to Blues". The Sports Network. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  11. ^ Compton, Brian (9 October 2017). "Thompson followed in father's footsteps to NHL with Blues". NHL.com. New York: NHL. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Tyce Thompson". dubuquefightingsaints.com. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  13. ^ Anthony, Mike (December 25, 2015). "UConn's Tage Thompson, Who Has A Sweet Shot, Owes Much To Tough-Guy Dad". Hartford Courant. Retrieved March 29, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robby Fabbri
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Robert Thomas