New York Islanders announced today that Brent
Thompson has been named head coach of their American Hockey League
affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Thompson served as the head coach of the Alaska Aces in the ECHL the past two
seasons. This past year, he led the Aces to a league-best 47-22-0-3
record and the club’s second Kelly Cup Championship in team history.
Thompson also won the John Brophy Award as the ECHL Coach of the
Prior to his two seasons with Alaska, where he compiled an overall record of
83-50-11, Thompson served as an assistant coach with the Peoria Rivermen from 2005-09.
background as a player and his recent success as the head coach of the Alaska
Aces makes him the perfect fit to show our young prospects what it takes to
play at the NHL level,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the
Sound Tigers,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working with Garth Snow, Jack
Capuano and the entire Hockey Operations staff in developing the organization’s
prospects into everyday NHL players.”
Thompson entered the coaching ranks following a 15-year playing career, which
concluded in 2005 with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. During his 15-year
career, the 6’2” 210-pound defenseman appeared in over 900 professional games
including 121 NHL contests. Thompson was originally a second round (39th
overall) selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1989 NHL Entry