Time for Sound Tigers fans to step up

Published on July 31, 2011 by

Brent Thompson has been named head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and what does that mean?

Although the Bridgeporters don’t wan’t to admit it, their fate hangs on the vote. If it’s a no vote the Islanders are off to Kansas City and the Sound Tigers are in the Quad Cities.

Photo of the Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have announced the team’s six guaranteed home dates for the upcoming 2011-12 season. (These include the 2011-12 home opener on Saturday, Oct. 8.): Saturday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Oct. 29; Wednesday, Nov. 2; Monday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 31; and Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Sound Tigers)

Thompson served as the head coach of the Alaska Aces in the ECHL the past two seasons. This past year, he led the Aces to a 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.

“Brent’s background as a player and his recent success as the head coach of the Alaska Aces makes him the perfect fit to show our young prospects what it takes to play at the NHL level,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Sound Tigers,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working with Garth Snow, Jack Capuano and the entire Hockey Operations staff in developing the organization’s prospects into everyday NHL players.”

Prior to his two seasons with Alaska, where he compiled an overall record of 83-50-11, Thompson served as an assistant coach with the AHL’s PeoriaRivermen from 2005-09.

Thompson entered the coaching ranks following a 15-year playing career, which concluded in 2005 with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. During his 15-year career, the 6-foot 2-inch, 210-pound defenseman appeared in more than 900 professional games, including 121 NHL contests. Thompson was originally a second round (39th overall) selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

That’s great. Unfortunately it’s a lot of crap.

The Islanders have no intent of staying here unless it makes them money. So how do you loyal Sound Tiger fans make them money?

From this seat, what makes me burn is that it doesn’t seem that anybody seems to care. Where is the passion for hockey? Where is the passion for the Sound Tigers? Where is the passion for the Islanders? For that matter, where is the passion for Bridgeport?

From my point of view, I’ve seen too many shrugged shoulders. too much of let someone else handle the problem. Frankly, it is our problem.

I encourage parents (no I’m not a parent, but I was a kid once upon a time) to play catch to play street hockey, to shoot hoops, but refrain from being domineering.

Remember it’s all about fun!

So I encourage all our readers to take the time out of their busy schedules to grab a glass of cold lemonade and maybe a hot dog and enjoy. And maybe. Get a chance to meet the new Sound Tigers coach!

See you at the games.