High hockey IQ, solid penalty killing ability, and a steadily improving offensive skill set have helped move Tyr Thompson up the depth chart during his freshman campaign in Olds.
Olds Grizzlys forward Tyr Thompson nearly made it into the Grizzlys 20 goal club during his first year in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
With 19 he finished 4th on the team behind Landon Kletke (21), Wyatt Noskey (29) and Chase Olsen (32). An unfortunate season ending injury suffered by Kletke opened the door for Thompson to land a full time spot on the line with the top two scorers in the AJHL.
Noskey won the league's scoring title with 83 points, while Olsen was a close second with 81.
The 17 year old Thompson is the son of former Calgary Flames fan favourite and current head coach of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires Rocky Thompson. Tyr explains what NHL calibre knowledge his Dad has passed along to him.
The Sherwood Park product and his 19 year old Grizzlys teammate James Gaume from Red Deer both have fathers who played in the NHL. Dallas Gaume suited up for the Hartford Whalers.
Thompson had his second hat trick of the season and added a pair of assists during an 8-5 loss in Canmore on Tuesday, March 1st.
Despite the extended winless slide for the Black & Gold, he says the Grizzlys continue to show remarkable resiliency.
His final freshman year stat line includes 19 goals, 16 assists, 35 points and 32 penalty minutes in 56 games.
The Grizzlys wrapped up the regular season with a record of 16-40-4. As the 7th place team in the South Division, they draw the Camrose Kodiaks in a best of five opening round AJHL playoff series. It starts with Game 1 on Thursday, March 10th at 7 o'clock and you can hear live play-by-play coverage on 96.5 CKFM.
Listen to CKFM's entire conversation with Olds Grizzlys forward Tyr Thompson.