The New York Islanders announced today that Brent Thompson has officially been named an assistant coach.
Thompson was the head coach of the New York Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in the 2011-12 season. He led the Sound Tigers to their first division championship in 10 years with a final record of.
“Brent did a great job in Bridgeport last year molding our young prospects into a division-winning team,” said New York’s general manager Garth Snow. “With his coaching experience and defensive expertise, we’re excited for him to join our coaching staff.”
Brent is from Calgary, Alta., Thompson served as the head coach of the Alaska Aces of the ECHL for two seasons, compiling a record of 83-50-11 while he was there. In his final season with Alaska, he led the Aces to a ECHL league-best 47-22-0-3 record and the club’s second Kelly Cup Championship in team history. Thompson also won the John Brophy Award as the ECHL Coach of the Year.