The Chicago Wolves announced Thursday that center Tage Thompson, a first-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the club.
The 19-year-old just finished his sophomore season at the University of Connecticut, where he led the Huskies with 19 goals and 32 points through 34 games. Thompson skated in 36 contests during his freshman campaign and collected 32 points (14G, 18A).
Thompson has elected to forgo his remaining two seasons at Connecticut to sign a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the St. Louis Blues that begins with the 2017-18 campaign.
Thompson won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Championship in Toronto. In 2015, he also claimed gold with the United States at the Under-18 World Championship when the U.S. topped Finland 2-1 in overtime.
Prior to college, the Connecticut native was a member of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program based in Michigan. He appeared in 89 games and registered 40 points (19G, 21A).
He is the son of former NHL defenseman and current Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson.
Chicago concludes a six-game homestand at Allstate Arena on Thursday (March 9) against the reigning Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters as the Wolves go for their seventh straight win overall and ninth consecutive at home. Puck drop is 7 p.m. for Craft Beer Night and he game will stream live on AHLLive.com. For ticket information or complete 2016-17 game and broadcast schedules, visit ChicagoWolves.com.