Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Former Brandon Wheat King _________ has signed with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights”. Okay, well I’m not stopping. And neither is Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon in his pursuit of adding former Western Hockey Leaguers to his deeper National Hockey League prospect pool.
On Monday, Vegas announced the signing of 23-year-old goaltender Logan Thompson to a two-year, entry-level contract carrying a cap hit and annual average value of $800K. If playing in the American Hockey League with the newly minted Henderson Silver Knights, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound backstop would earn $70K.
Although not a Manitoban, what’s of interest in this signing is Thompson’s past. Born and raised in Calgary, AB. the undrafted netminder suited up for 122 regular season games over four years with the Brandon Wheat Kings, finishing with a 63-41-10 record, a 3.26 goals against average, a .905 save percentage, four shutouts and a WHL championship in 2015-16.
Following the conclusion of his junior career, Thompson joined the Brock University Badgers in Ontario for the 2018-19 season. He earned the U-Sports Goaltender of the Year recognition in his conference following a season of play that saw an 18-6-0 record, a 2.22 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.
Most recently, the Alberta product has been playing professionally in the ECHL. In 40 total games between the Adirondack Thunder and the South Carolina Stingrays, Thompson has a 25-12-2 record with a .925 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average to boot. 2019-20 saw the 23-year-old go 23-8-1, while picking up three shutouts, two assists, a .929 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average. He will join fellow former Wheat Kings backstop Jiri Patera at training camp in Vegas this winter.