Virden’s Davis Thompson is excited for his hockey and academic future. The son of Vaughn Thompson and Kimorie Lees has signed to play next season for the Winnipeg Freeze of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. As well, he will be pursuing his studies part-time through the University of Regina.
The Freeze were founded in 2020. The 2021-2022 campaign was their first full season. “With the Freeze being an expansion franchise, it has a young roster. I’m looking forward to being able to contribute as we develop into a contending team,” Thompson said. “Head Coach Jay Pylypuik, who is new to the organization, supports both my academic and athletic ambitions.”
Thompson has been accepted into the U of R’s Faculty of Kinesiology. His goal is to pursue a career in sports medicine/therapy. This coming season he will be taking some courses online.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Thompson suited up last season for the U18 AAA Yellowhead Chiefs. He scored three goals and recorded five points and 68 penalty minutes in 39 games. Thompson served as an assistant captain. Yellowhead head coach Thomas Heapy praised him as a big body who can play physical.
“Playing for the Yellowhead Chiefs in U15 and U18 was a great experience for me,” he said. “I really enjoyed being able to play under a great coaching staff that pushed us every day to become better on and off the ice. I have made many friendships during my time with the club. Playing for the Chiefs has helped me become more confident and harder to play against.”
Thompson also appreciates the backing he has received from his parents. “They have supported me every step of the way and provided me with the encouragement and opportunity to pursue what I love,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”