The Rapid City Rush announced Wednesday that forward Tayler Thompson has signed with for the 2020-21 ECHL season.
Thompson comes to theRush after splitting the 2019-20 season between the 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League and the ECHL. He began with the Czech2 club Pirati Chomutov, earning a goal in four games before returning to the United States to finish the season with the Orlando Solar Bears, where the 6-foot-1, 181-pound forward had three goals, eight assists and 11 points in 45 games.
“I’ve played with former Rush players that were coached by Coach Tetrault, and they all had nothing but great things to say about him, the city, and the organization. Add in the fact that it’s closer to my home in Saskatchewan, and it’s pretty hard to beat signing with the Rush,” Thompson said. “My compete level is always there. I want to win. I don’t mind playing over the edge, while mixing in some skill as well. I’ll also step up for my teammates, and feel like I can put the puck in the net. I do my best to bring an all-around aspect of hockey to the teams I play for."
Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault said that Thompson's presence adds quality depth to the center position for the roster.
"Tayler is the true definition of a grinder. He’s a tough, physical presence that finishes every check, and isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas to make scoring sequences happen," he said. "He’s also been known to stand up for his teammates and not back down from any challenge that comes his way on the ice. Entering his sixth year as a professional, I’m going to rely on Tayler for his ability to win draws, as well as his leadership as we develop our locker room and pursue our goal of bringing home a Kelly Cup Championship to Rapid City.”
A native of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, Thompson enters his sixth season of professional hockey, and his fourth in the ECHL. His career has taken him all over the world, with stops in France, the Czech Republic, and the United States in the SPHL and ECHL.