Thunderbirds bring back Thompson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- The Carolina Thunderbirds, proud members and defending champions of the Federal Prospects Hockey League, announced Monday that forward Everett Thompson has re-signed with the team for the 2020-2021 season.

“He’s a high-energy guy who creates chaos on the forecheck which gives us the ability to retrieve pucks and create turnovers,” said general manager Kelly Curl.

The Walker, Mich.-native dressed in 25 games for Carolina this past season, scoring 5 goals and logging 14 assists. He played eleven games in the SPHL, six with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and five games with the Peoria Rivermen.

Thompson led the Thunderbirds in penalty minutes this past season with 104.

“He’s a guy who plays 40 pounds heavier than what he actually is,” said Curl.

“I’m happy to have E.T. back for the new season, He is a player that you don’t like to play against when he’s on his game,” said head coach Andre Niec, “he’s a real agitator.”

Prior to joining the Thunderbirds in the 2018-2019 season, Thompson played four seasons at Davenport University (ACHA). He was just shy of being a point-per-game player in his ACHA career with 126 points (55g, 71a) in 130 games.

Thompson and the rest of the Carolina Thunderbirds will take the ice for the fourth season of Carolina Thunderbirds hockey soon. Season tickets are available for purchase via the online interest form at the top of the homepage of the team website.

Due to COVID-19, the Carolina Thunderbirds offices are still closed to the public at this time. Information on re-opening the offices and the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds box office re-opening will be passed along via the team social media channels and email when the time comes.