Professional Hockey Player. A native of Sandon, British Columbia, Thompson played for teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and the American Hockey Association (AHA). Thompson played for the Minneapolis Millers from 1925 to 1928, Boston Bruins from 1928 to 1939, Detroit Red Wings from 1938 to 1940, and the Buffalo Bisons from 1940 to 1942, as both a player and head coach. Thompson was also the recipient of the Vezina Trophy for 1929 to 1930, 1932 to 1933, 1935 to 1936, and 1937 to 1938, Member of the NHL All-Star First Team from 1935 to 1936, and 1937 to 1937, Member of the NHL All-Star Second Team from 1930 to 1931, 1934 to 1935, and was on the NHL All-Star Roster in 1937. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1959.