INDIANAPOLIS –The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have signed forward Mathew Thompson to a contract for the 2018-19 season.
Thompson returns to Indianapolis for his rookie season after making his pro debut with the Fuel this spring. Joining the team on an amateur tryout contract on March 30, the 24-year-old played his way to a spot on Indy’s playoff roster, tallying six points (2g-4a) in seven regular-season games. Thompson’s strong first impression earned him a standard contract, before he chipped in two points (1g-2a) over four Kelly Cup Playoffs appearances.
The 2017-18 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, Thompson is coming off a standout collegiate career at Adrian College. Last season the native of Bolton, Ontario finished second in team scoring with 34 points (16g-18a) in 30 games while helping the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Quarterfinals. Serving as captain for the last two seasons, Thompson finished his Adrian tenure at over a point-per-game pace, logging 128 points (61g-67a) and a +69 rating in 105 total NCAA games.