Thompson To Be Inducted Into Orillia Sports Hall of Fame, News (North Central Predators AAA)

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Apr 15, 2024 | NCPCommunications | 593 views
Thompson To Be Inducted Into Orillia Sports Hall of Fame
North Central Predators U-10 head coach, Chad Thompson will be inducted into the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame on May 4, recognizing his accomplishments in both hockey and lacrosse.

“We would like to congratulate Chad on his induction into the Orillia Sports Hall of Fame. Our U-10 team is in good hands next year, with Chad as head coach. We look forward to working with him,” said NCP vice president, Rich Foshay.

A former North Central Predator himself, Thompson saw success in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), playing for the London Knights, Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals over four seasons from 2001-2005. He then took his defensive talents to the National Lacrosse League (NLL), playing five seasons from 2006-2010 – suiting up for the Philadelphia Wings, San Jose Stealth, Toronto Rock and Orlando Titans.

“Being drafted to play in the OHL and then drafted to play in the NLL were days that I will remember forever but to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in the town that I grew up in, playing sports that I loved to play, that is something that holds a special place in my heart. It is a huge honour,” said Thompson.

Today, his experience and passion for sport continues to benefit young athletes in his community. He has been an incredible asset on the bench as an assistant coach for NCP’s 2012 age group for the past two seasons and has been a dedicated volunteer for many years as a coach for teams in the Orillia Minor Lacrosse and Orillia Minor Hockey organizations.

“It has been a pleasure working with the 2012 age group as an assistant and I have learned a ton from the bench staff that we had. I am very excited to be able to work with the U-10’s in their growth and development of the game and share my knowledge and values that I have learned growing up playing the game. I am very excited to get into tryouts and see what athletes we will have to work with,” he said.

The NCP organization is excited to have a talent like Thompson take on the head coach role. “Chad Thompson brings to our North Central Predator organization an understanding of what it takes to excel at the highest levels. As a player he was willing to commit himself to doing what it takes to compete against the best. It is our hope that he is able to instil his passion and work ethic into our youngest athletes,” said Foshay.

Congratulations Chad on this well-deserved recognition of your accomplishments!