Paul Thompson
Born November 30 1988 (1988-11-30) (age 31),
Derry, New Hampshire
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Pittsburgh Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Paul Thompson (born November 30, 1988) is an American ice hockey forward who is currently playing in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In the 2010–11 he was the Hockey East player of the year, led the Hockey East in scoring, and led the nation in power play goals while playing with the University of New Hampshire.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Born in Derry, New Hampshire, Thompson began playing hockey at age five.[2] He became a fan of the UNH hockey team while his elder cousin, Mike Souza, played on the team.[3] He later attended Pinkerton Academy where he played hockey his freshman and sophomore year. While at Pinkerton he also played Baseball and Football.[2] The next two years he played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League.[4] After scoring fifty one goals in fifty games in the 2006–07 season, Thompson was named the EJHL Offensive Player of the Year.[5] In 2007 he was ranked seventy second among North American hockey players by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He was the highest ranked North American player to not be selected in the NHL Entry Draft that year.[6]

He then attended the University of New Hampshire where he is a Health Management major.[7] Thompson scored his first college hat trick on November 17, 2007 in a game against Providence College.[2][8] In the 2009–10 season he scored thirty nine points, second on the team to Bobby Butler.[5] Thompson is now the highest scoring New Hampshire native on the UNH ice hockey team in the past thirty years.[9] He is a finalist for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award.[1]

In March 2011 he signed a two year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.[10] He then began playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 U. of New Hampshire HE 35 6 6 12 22
2008–09 U. of New Hampshire HE 27 4 5 9 22
2009–10 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 19 20 39 24
2010–11 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 28 24 52 32
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 6 1 2 3 2 4 0 1 1 2
NCAA totals 140 57 55 112 102

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
HE First All-Star Team 2011 [11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Paul Thompson Wins Hockey East Player of the Year", 17 March 2011. Retrieved on 18 March 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rose, Lauren. "No sophomore jinx for Paul Thompson", 13 November 2008. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  3. Lessels, Allen. "Local boy makes good", March 25, 2011. Retrieved on March 25, 2011. 
  4. Pike, Al. "N.H. native Thompson has dream career with Wildcats", March 24, 2011. Retrieved on March 25, 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Labor, Anthony. "Hometown hero: UNH senior Thompson thriving", 22 November 2010. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  6. McMahon, Mike. "Thompson follows cousin to UNH, paves his own path", 13 December 2010. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  7. Merritt, Andrew. "New Hampshire boasts punch line", 24 February 2011. Retrieved on 2 March 2011. 
  8. "Friars fall to Wildcats in overtime", 18 November 2007. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  9. Lessels, Allen. "Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Maine event set", 31 January 2011. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  10. "Thompson signs with Penguins", 28 March 2011. Retrieved on 29 March 2011. 
  11. Hockey East First-Team All-Stars. (2011-04-01). Retrieved on 2011-04-01.

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