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Garrett Thompson leads the Bulldog roster in total points

by Published: Jan 16, 2013

Working the Wing: Bulldog left wing junior Garrett Thompson skates into the zone against Ohio State. Thompson has a team-high 17 points for the season to date. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Working the Wing: Bulldog left wing junior Garrett Thompson skates into the zone against Ohio State. Thompson has a team-high 17 points for the sea­son to date. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

When he was ini­tially recruited, Ferris Head Coach Bob Daniels admit­ted he did not expect Ferris junior for­ward Garrett Thompson to fill up the Bulldogs’ stat line. Nor did Daniels expect Thompson to lead this year’s squad in points.

“He wasn’t a guy who was high on our radar or many other col­lege teams. I think we were the only school to recruit him,” Daniels said. “Lots of times you know you have a good player, and we thought we had a solid player. He has cer­tainly exceeded our expectations.”

Thompson, a sports mar­ket­ing major at Ferris, was recruited from the Traverse CIty North Stars, and played on the same team as senior for­ward Kyle Bonis and sopho­more goal­tender CJ Motte.

He has shared a line with senior cen­ter Travis Oullette and Bonis since the start of this sea­son. Their line has scored 24 of the 64 Bulldog goals. The trio has com­bined for 23 assists this year.

“I think [Oullette and Bonis] are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a lot of Garrett’s hard work,” Daniels said.

Bonis and Oullette ben­e­fit from Thompson’s work in the cor­ners and his forecheck­ing which cre­ates plays for the line­mates, to name a cou­ple reasons.

Thompson has scored nine goals and assisted in eight plays to total 17 points this year. Thompson recently bagged his first career hat-trick as a Bulldog. He lit the visitor’s lamp three times in Ewigleben Ice Arena Jan. 5 in a 3–0 shutout of the Michigan State Spartans.

“I think his hat trick against MSU is just the begin­ning of a bright future for him,” Bonis said.

Thompson’s 6’2”, 191 pound frame allows him to stride along the ice quickly, and his long reach has been help­ful on break­aways and dur­ing one on one sit­u­a­tions when he needs to break his oppo­nent down with a dan­gle of the puck.

Thompson uses his body on spe­cial teams against oppo­nents like a human Zamboni would, by sheet­ing the ice with his opponent’s body.

“He doesn’t go out of posi­tion to make a hit, but if he gets a chance he will. He can hit hard,” Bonis said.

Thompson uses his reach, stick han­dling and knowl­edge of the forecheck to pun­ish oppo­nents in their offen­sive zone. In the Bulldogs’ defen­sive zone, he knocks the puck out of oppo­nents’ reach to cre­ate a play.

Daniels has observed Thompson since the for­ward arrived at Ferris and thinks his devo­tion and pas­sion for the sport is the only expla­na­tion for his success.

Daniels said when Thompson arrived at Ferris he was not the most tal­ented on the ros­ter. Instead, Thompson’s pas­sion to work at each facet of his game set him apart from other play­ers on the ros­ter he joined.

“How hard he works every day in prac­tice and the pas­sion he brings to the rink has really served him well. I think that’s what has allowed him to con­tinue and develop as a player,” Daniels said.

Thompson hopes he can con­tinue play­ing the sport he loves pro­fes­sion­ally when his edu­ca­tion is complete.

“You can tell he’s in love with the sport,” Daniels said.