Thursday, July 9, 2009

Edmonton signs Thompson through 2011

Press Release

Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings are pleased to announce that assistant head coach Rocky Thompson has signed a two year extension with the club through to the 2010-2011 season.

"Having Rocky working with Steve for the next two years is great partnership for our organization," says Oil Kings general manager Bob Green. "Rocky has progressed well in his first two years behind the bench since playing professional hockey and his experience brings something unique to our players and the room."

"I am extremely happy to be signed on with the Oil Kings for another two seasons, I'm happy to be coaching with Steve again," said Thompson. "We moved around a lot throughout my hockey career and it is huge for me and my family to be able to stay here."

After finishing his professional hockey career, Thompson began coaching in 2007 as an assistant coach with the Oil Kings under Steve Pleau. Thompson helped guide the Oil Kings to a playoff berth in their second season, and is looking forward to the Oil Kings third season in the league.

"We'll still be a young team this year, but I believe we will be a lot better. A lot of the young guys have some serious skill," explained Thompson. Some guys will have been with Steve and me since the beginning, and that will start paying dividends. We should be able to do some great things here in Edmonton and start turning some heads."

For more information, contact Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green @ (780) 232-0344.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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