ET to VA: Thompson Loaned to Roanoke

Winston-Salem, NC - The Carolina Thunderbirds are announcing the loan of forward Everett Thompson to the Southern Professional Hockey League's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.

Thompson has appeared in 26 games for Carolina this season tallying 16 points (9G-7A) and 75 penalty minutes. The Grand Rapids, MI native made the team out of training camp and made an immediate impact for the Thunderbirds, scoring three goals in his first five games as a professional.

"We're very excited for Thompson to make this move to Roanoke and continue his development" head coach Andre Niec said. "He was a big impact player for us and I'm sure he will be in the SP as well, we wish him the best of luck in Roanoke."

This loan move will be Thompson's first experience in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Thompson joins a Rail Yard Dawgs team that currently sits in 7th place in the SPHL with a 16-15-0 record. Roanoke has a two-game weekend in Alabama against the Birmingham Bulls coming up on Friday and Saturday.

As it stands now, Thompson will be the fifth former Thunderbird in the SPHL this season joining CJ Blaszka (Evansville), Beau Walker (Peoria), and Taylor Love and Henry Dill (Macon).


The Carolina Thunderbirds are proud members of the Federal Hockey League, now in its ninth season. The Thunderbirds are in their second season of play looking to build on the success of their inaugural season where the team posted an 87-point season with a record of 25-5-2-24 (W-OTW-OTL-L). The Thunderbirds also set an FHL record with over 66,000 fans through the doors in their first season. Season and group tickets are on sale now by calling 336-774-GOAL (4625).