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Idaho Steelheads Acquire and Sign Tommy Thompson from Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Boise, ID – Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced on Thursday that the Steelheads have completed a trade with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, acquiring forward Tommy Thompson in exchange for the rights to forward Joe Basaraba. Thompson has signed an ECHL contract with the Steelheads for the 2017-18 season.

Thompson, 26, finished his rookie season with the Swamp Rabbits in 2016-17 with 16 goals and 33 points in 58 games, also appearing in all six playoff games for the Swamp Rabbits. The Londonderry, New Hampshire native also played in three games in the American Hockey League with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Thompson’s 16 goals were tied for sixth most on the team last year, and his 33 points ranked third among Greenville rookies.

The 6-foot-1 forward did some of his best work late in games. His five game-winning goals led the Swamp Rabbits last season, while his four overtime tallies led the league. Thompson had six multi-point games last season and had his best offensive stretch from January 15th to February 1st. Thompson enjoyed a seven-game points streak during that stretch, totaling six goals and 11 points to go along with two three-point performances.

Thompson also played eight games with Greenville and scored two goals following his senior season at St. Lawrence University in 2016. In 69 career professional games, Thompson has 18 goals, 35 points, and 36 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Thompson played four seasons at St. Lawrence between 2011 and 2016, serving as an assistant captain in his senior season. In 141 college games, Thompson had 26 goals and 57 points.

Basaraba was issued a qualifying offer by the Steelheads on July 3rd after completing his second season in Idaho. The third-year pro has played 168 career ECHL games and tallied 109 points (47G, 62A) between Idaho and Cincinnati. The 25-year-old is coming off a career best season, tallying 46 points (21G, 25A) playing in all 72 games throughout the year. His totals ranked fifth on the Steelheads roster. Basaraba earned his first AHL call-up during his rookie season, logging 22 games with the San Antonio Rampage.

The Fort Frances, Ontario native captured the NCAA Frozen Four Championship during his freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Basaraba completed his four-year tenure with the Bulldogs in 2014 and captained his alma mater as a senior. In 148 NCAA contests, the 6-foot-2 winger recorded 56 points (28G, 28A) with a career best 18 points (8G, 10A) earned during his final campaign. Prior to embarking on his NCAA career, Basaraba attended and played for Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School. After playing two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s, he was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers.

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August 13, 2017

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