After accepting a one-season contract with the Winnipeg Jets, former Montreal Canadiens forward Nate Thompson will wear the colors of an eighth team and he hopes that at 36, he can give a hand to the young people of the organization.
Having held an in depth role throughout his 13-season National Hockey League (NHL) career, his best offensive performance was a 10-goal, 25-point campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010. -2011.
“It’s been my role for the last few years and I love it,” Thompson said on video conference Tuesday, referring to his role as a big brother. I love being a guy who can help the younger ones feel comfortable while helping the team. I feel I can help a youngster who will make us better and that’s good. ”
“My place in the last two lines hasn’t changed for a while. It’s been my place since I’ve been in this league. For me, it’s pretty simple: I win face-offs, I play shorthanded and I bring energy. It’s been my thing for a while. ”
Esteem for the Jets
In a completely different offseason that takes place in the fall rather than the summer, Thompson has also been very grateful to have been approached to pursue his career, although he has no doubts about it. the scope of its potential contribution.
The fact that the Jets had contacted him made the forward very happy, since he always had a high regard for the Manitoba organization when he had to face him.
“I believe, as you can see, that the free agent market is not normal right now,” he said. It is an unprecedented period. Our world is in a different situation and I think for me, at 36, I still have a lot of hockey to play. And when Winnipeg came into the picture, I was excited. ”
“It’s a team that I know from the outside and it’s always been a team that I knew it was going to be difficult against, especially in Winnipeg. I only heard good things about the organization and wanted to be a part of it. ”
Thompson played 88 games with the Habs, scoring five goals and 21 points. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers last February for a fifth-round pick in 2021.