Brent Thompson suspended: Islanders assistant to miss next two games


The Islanders will be without assistant head coach Brent Thompson over the weekend after he received a two-game suspension for his heated exchange with the on-ice officials Thursday.

New York Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson has been suspended for two games due to the "inappropriate and abusive comments he directed at the on-ice officials" in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers.

The Islanders received two game misconducts Thursday when leaving the ice after Marian Gaborik's game-winning goal: one on forward Kyle Okposo and one on the "team staff" which was apparently intended for Thompson.

Thompson's suspension will force him to miss the Islanders' Mar. 9 meeting with the Washington Capitals and their Mar. 10 game at Pittsburgh.

Thompson played 121 games in the NHL for the Jets, Coyotes and Kings before entering a career in coaching. He was most recently the head coach of the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in 2011-12 before being promoted to this assistant coaching position.

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