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Lightning Sign Nate Thompson to 2-Year Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Through the first 51 games of the 2010-11 season, Thompson has 7 goals and 10 assists and ranks third in average shorthanded time on ice per game for the Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Nate Thompson to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to agree to terms with Nate on a two-year extension today,” Yzerman said upon making the announcement. “Nate’s professionalism, competitiveness and work ethic are all great assets to our team. We look forward to him playing an important role in our organization as we move forward.”

Thompson, 6-foot, 210 pounds, has played in 51 games with the Lightning this season, recording career-highs for goals with seven, assists with 10 and points with 17. He has also stood out in the face-off circle, winning 249 of 446 draws taken (55.8 percent). Thompson currently ranks seventh among NHL forwards with 49 blocked shots and also is fourth on the team with 25 takeaways. He has tied a single-game career-high point total with two on two separate occasions this season.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to remaining with the Lightning and helping the team build upon the success we have achieved to this point in the season so far, as well as in the upcoming years.”

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Thompson has played in 169 career NHL games with the Lightning, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, notching 11 goals and 31 points with 122 penalty minutes.  He has averaged 12 minutes per game or more in each of the previous two seasons.

Thompson has played in 216 career AHL games with the Providence Bruins.  He has amassed 35 goals and 80 points during his AHL career. He served as alternate captain for Providence in 2007-08.  Thompson has also played in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording two assists.

Thompson was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round, 183rd overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  He played junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL before making his professional debut with Providence in the 2005 Atlantic Division Finals. He joined the Lightning after being claimed off waivers from the Islanders on January 21, 2010.

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