- Captain Osoyoos Storm: 2 league M.V.P – Cyclone Taylor (provincial) and Keystone Cup (Western Canadian) Championship. 108 points in 44 games
- Augsburg College in M.I.A.C. conference
- Chicago Blaze of the A.A.H.L.
Posted on 08 December 2004 by admin
Kyle Thompson is at the top of his game.
The captain of the Osoyoos Storm has a lot to be happy about, both on and off the ice.
After being traded from the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in January 2002, Thompson made a name for himself at the Sun Bowl Arena, consistently ranking amongst the top scorers on the team.
He was acknowledged for his hard work at the end of last season when he was recognized not only as the top scorer in the Okanagan Shuswap division, but also won the Most Valuable Player award.Thompson said playing against his former teammates on the Nitehawks last year just strengthened his resolve.
It was a good experience. It made me want to win even more,� Thompson said.
The Storm went all the way to the division championships before losing out to the Nitehawks last year, but it was a marked improvement from the team’s past performance near the bottom of the league.
As for what he brings to the game, Thompson said he has a good strategic outlook.
I can ‘see the ice’, see plays before they happen,� he said.
He also cited his leadership abilities as important, but said that comes from the confidence gained from years of experience playing the game.
He admitted he probably has weaknesses as a player, but declined to say what they were.
I don’t want to give away my weaknesses to the other team,� he laughed.
Thompson said the entire team is coming back to this season with the intention of winning the division championship.
We came back to this season with the mindset that we had unfinished business to take care of,� he said.
The Storm has been back and forth across the province on the road, and Thompson said he thought the long drives to faraway rinks had helped the team gel together.
It helps bond the team, and keeps us from being distracted by anything but the game. And the road trips are a lot of fun,� he said.
Thompson is originally from Surrey, but said he quite enjoys living in Osoyoos.
It’s nice to get out of the city for six months,� he said. But Thompson will be making another big move soon. He’s been accepted to Hamline University in Minnesota, and will be playing hockey on the school’s team. He plans to either pursue a sports medicine or business administration degree.
It’s a real hockey town, and it’s pretty close to St. Paul,� he said.
Thompson shrugged off thoughts of NHL glory. He explained he is 20 years old, and the NHL usually concentrates on younger players.
They usually look for 16 to 17 year olds. They have more time to watch them develop,� he said.