Big Rapids, Mich. - After helping the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team to an NCAA Elite Eight finish only a few days ago, the Bulldogs' assistant captain Garrett Thompson (Traverse City) has signed a professional hockey contract with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Ottawa Senators.
The Senators signed Thompson to a one-year, entry-level contract with a two-way deal between Ottawa and its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 6-2, 191-pound winger was a second-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) honoree this campaign after leading the Bulldogs to the WCHA's regular-season championship in its debut campaign.
Thompson had a team-best 16 goals and added 16 assists for a team-high tying 32 points in 43 games this season for the Bulldogs, who reached the regional title game this campaign only two years after advancing to the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four during his sophomore campaign.
In four seasons at Ferris State, Thompson recorded 87 points on 42 goals and 45 assists in 139 collegiate contests. The 24-year old Traverse City native sepnt three seasons prior to his Bulldog arrival with the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League where he compiled 40 goals and had 40 assists in 121 contests.
As a collegian, Thompson's play helped the Bulldogs win two conference regular-season titles, becoming only the third program ever to claim both WCHA and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) crowns. FSU was also the WCHA Five Five Championship runner-up this season before winning their NCAA Tournament opener this past Friday and moving within a game of the Frozen Four once again.
Thompson was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and produced a team-high tying three game-winning goals this year along with four power-play markers. Prior to his senior season at Ferris State, Thompson participated in the summer prospect camp held by the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks last summer.
This season, Thompson's play helped the Bulldogs produce a 29-11-3 overall record. Ferris State's 29 total wins this season represented the second-most seasonal victories in school history and this year's five-member senior class, which included Thompson, compiled the most wins (89) of any four-year class in school history.