Uniondale, NY, October 8, 2008 – The New York Islanders have claimed center Nate Thompson off waivers from the Boston Bruins. The team has also reassigned defenseman Brett Skinner to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The 24-year old Thompson has been added to the Islanders roster.
Thompson has spent the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he was coached by Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. Thompson has played in four NHL games, all with the Bruins and all in the 2006-07 season. In 216 career AHL games – all with Providence – Thompson has scored 35 goals with 45 assists for 80 points.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic