Thompson to leave Gophers hockey team
MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore defenseman Blake Thompson will be leaving the University of Minnesota men's hockey program, the team announced Tuesday.
Thompson, an Eden Prairie, Minn., native, has yet to play in a game for the Gophers this season. He appeared in just five games as a freshman last year, tallying two assists and seven penalties.
According to a release from the school, Thompson will transfer at the end of the semester.
"While I'm disappointed in Blake's decision to transfer, I respect his choice and appreciate his contributions to the program over the last two years," Gophers coach Don Lucia said in a statement. "Our team and our staff wish him the best as he moves forward."
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Thompson spent two seasons playing for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League before joining the Gophers last year.
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