Logan Thompson may have committed to the Brock University Badgers for the upcoming season, but if he has it his way, he won’t be suiting up for the CIS program anytime soon.
The 21-year-old Calgary native is hoping to put pen to paper on a contract this summer and hopes to turn pro when the snow flies this fall. The first stop on his road to the show is at Washington Capitals development camp June 25-30 at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
“This is a great chance for me to go to an NHL development camp and show them what I can do,” said Thompson. “I have worked hard all year long and my plan is to show them what I can do and push for a contract.”
This will be the 2nd NHL development camp for Thompson, who was invited to the inaugural prospects camp for the Vegas Golden Knights last summer. While he left Sin City without a pro deal, he returned to Brandon with a new perspective and drive to get to the next level.
In his overage season with the Wheat Kings, Thompson picked up a career high 29 wins while posting a 3.41 GAA and a .904 SVP. Despite a late season ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines for the majority of the WHL Playoffs, Thompson’s final season in Brandon was a good one.
“My time in Brandon really helped me grow as a person,” said Thompson. “They taught me how to prepare and play like a pro on a consistent basis. They kept me accountable and made me earn every start I got.”
While Thompson’s heart is set on playing pro hockey in North America, the decision to lock up his future was something he felt was both beneficial for his education and his hockey career.
“Brock was an easy choice for me,” added Thompson. “If I go there I will be the #1 guy and get to play everyday and that will only make me better.”