Tuesday afternoon the Hershey Bears announced that they had signed Logan Thompson to a one-year AHL contract for the 2019-20 season.
The Canadian goaltender has previously participated with the Capitals organization in their Development Camp and Rookie Tournament in 2018.
Thompson made his pro debut on March 2 after signing an ECHL contract with the Adirondack Thunder, and his AHL debut was a little over a month later. After signing an AHL tryout agreement, he played in one game with the Binghamton Devils, a 5-2 loss. Thompson’s amateur hockey career includes a 2016 Western Hockey League (WHL) Championship with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He most recently an 18-6-0 record at Brock University in Ontario.
Thompson’s signing could mean that goalie Parker Milner, who is an unrestricted free agent and spent most of his time with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays, will not return. One of Hershey’s goaltenders, Vitek Vanecek, is also a restricted free agent this offseason.
According to Pension Plan Puppets, players must sign an AHL contract if the team wants the possibility to call that player up from the ECHL to the AHL.
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The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed goaltender Logan Thompson to an American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season.
Thompson, 22, went 18-6-0 with Brock University in 2018-19, finishing second in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) with a .934 save percentage and third in goals against average (2.22). He was named an OUA First-Team All-Star, OUA Rookie of the Year, and OUA Goalie of the Year. He had three shutouts at Brock, and recorded three 40-plus save games.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound goaltender signed with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder on Mar. 2 and starred in his professional debut that evening, turning aside 44 shots in an 8-1 win at Manchester. In eight games with the Thunder, Thompson went 2-4-1 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. He signed a professional tryout with the Binghamton Devils on Apr. 9 and made his AHL debut in the regular season finale on Apr. 14 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, stopping 22 shots in a 5-2 loss.
Thompson, who participated in Washington Capitals Development Camp and skated with the Capitals in the 2018 Rookie Showcase, was a 2016 Western Hockey League (WHL) Champion with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and was a 2017-18 WHL Second Team All-Star.
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