The Tampa Bay Lightning have surprised many with their surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. A combination of leadership and skill, good coaching and solid goaltending is what Nate Thompson attributes to the team's success. Thompson, who has found the right fit in Tampa Bay, discusses life growing up in Alaska, the journey he took to the NHL and his new brother-in-law.
Kathryn Tappan: Growing up in Alaska what were some of the activities you participated in outside of hockey?
Nate Thompson: In Alaska fishing was the big thing. If I wasn’t a hockey player I’d be a fly fisherman. In the winter I actually skied and snowboarded. We also played hockey outside. I really enjoyed playing football. I was a running back and loved playing the game. I did so right up until I left to play hockey in Seattle [for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League].