Apr 25, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson (44) gets up ended by Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Time To Show Nate Thompson Some Love


What’s there to like about Nate Thompson? Well, just about everything.

Drafted in the 6th round by the Boston Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Thompson moved from the Bruins to the Islanders. In January of 2010, Nate became one of the best waiver claims in Tampa Bay Lightning history.

Thompson won a bronze medal competing for the USA at the IHF World Championship where he picked up a goal, three points and a +1 rating in 10 games.
He called it

a once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget.

Playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning the Anchorage, Alaska native isn’t afraid to dish out the hits, kill penalties, chip in a point here and there, all the while displaying the intensity and competitiveness that produces wins for his team. What you get from Nate Thompson is dedication, drive, and determination, and those intangibles can’t be measured in the cost of a contract.

Ask Marty or Stammer or just about anyone else on the Lightning roster what they think about the rugged Center and the way he plays the game, and to a man they’ll tell you how important Nate Thompson’s contributions are to every shift.

So Nate, we know it was a long journey from Anchorage to Tampa, but we’re happy you’re here and thankful every time you lace ‘em up for our Bolts.

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