ANAHEIM, Calif. — Near the end of Saturday’s morning skate, Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer found goalie Logan Thompson in front of the bench and struck up a conversation.
Before Thompson got a taste of the NHL by serving as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, DeBoer wanted to know all about his journey to that point.
“It’s a great story,” DeBoer said.
Thompson played four years in the Western Hockey League and won a league title with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2015-16. He also holds the distinction of starting the first-ever Knights game when he was in net against Los Angeles in a 2017 rookie game.
But Thompson wasn’t signed to a pro contract and attended Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, to continue his career.
He posted a 2.22 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 24 games with the Badgers and was named Ontario University Athletics’ Goalie of the Year, Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-star. DeBoer said he knows Brock coach Marty Williamson.
“So we had a mutual connection there,” DeBoer said.
Thompson’s play at Brock earned him an amateur tryout contract with Adirondack of the ECHL in 2019, and he also made one appearance in the American Hockey League with Binghamton.
That summer, Thompson signed an AHL contract with Hershey, but played for the Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL and had a 2.25 GAA and .929 save percentage.…