Tyce Thompson is returning to Long Island.
The forward, born in Oyster Bay and brother to Buffalo Sabres star Tage Thompson, was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the New York Islanders on Sunday in exchange for forward Arnaud Durandeau, as announced by NHL.com.
At 24 years old, Tyce has played in only 11 NHL games with the Devils over the last three seasons, recording one assist and no goals. During this period, he spent most of his time playing for the Devils’ AHL team, the Utica Comets, where he scored 15 goals and 35 assists in 98 games.
Growing up in Milford, Conn., Tyce played for the Junior Islanders youth program. His father, Brent Thompson, a former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks, used to coach the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (now the Bridgeport Islanders) during the 2011-12 season.
Tyce was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Devils after starring as a captain for Providence College. At Providence, he played 101 games in three seasons, notching 94 points on 38 goals and 56 assists.
Here are highlights from his college days.
Top: New Jersey Devils’ Tyce Thompson (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)