A mainstay in the Griffins locker room since the 1997-98 campaign, Brad Thompson
begins his 13th season as the teams equipment manager, having already logged more than 1,200 games with the Griffins.
Thompson, who is responsible for the purchasing and maintenance of all hockey equipment for the team, served four seasons as an equipment assistant before earning his promotion in 2001. A Grand Rapids native who can be found playing at rinks throughout the area, Thompson attended Wyoming Park High School and Grand Rapids Community College.
In recent years, Thompson has had the honor of equipping two championship teams, capped off by the Griffins 2013 Calder Cup title. He also worked with the Detroit Red Wings staff during that teams run to the 2008 Stanley Cup, and he assisted the Red Wings during their return to the finals in 2009 as well as their three subsequent playoff runs (2010-12).
Brad and his wife, Karrie, reside in Grand Rapids.
Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2013-14)
What you love most about working for the Griffins
Traveling and meeting all kinds of people.
Favorite Griffins memory
Beating Manitoba after Wade Flaherty was injured in the third period.
Favorite all-time Griffins players
Petr Schastlivy, Darren McCarty, Travis Richards, Joey MacDonald.
Best thing about your job
The people I work with and traveling.
Spouses name/ when you were married
My wife is Karrie and we were married in 2004.
We have a dog named Harley and a cat named Riggy.
Grand Rapids Community College.
Sports idol as a youth
Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings.
Personal/ Professional heroes
My grandpa Shippy.
As a child you dreamed of becoming
A hockey player.
When I was 15, I worked at Mr. Burger and as a volunteer at Butterworth Hospital.
Current dream job
A rock star
If you could trade places for a day with another person, who would it be?:
Id trade spots with Nick Lidstrom, from the Detroit Red Wings and Id want to play in the 2001 All-Star game.
Proudest professional accomplishment
When the Red Wings won the Stanely Cup in the 2007-08 season.
Most memorable on-the-job mistake/ embarrassing moment
I left Jason Doigs jersey at home one time.
Professional membership/ civic leadership positions
Favorite charities or causes
Habitat for Humanity
Most exciting/ unique thing that youve done or place youve visited
Sports played growing up
I played football, baseball, hockey, and golf.
Hidden (or not so hidden) talents
Im sick at Call of Duty on Xbox.
An interesting fact about you
I love motorcycles.
Ribs and MacDonalds.
Favorite music artists
50 cent, George Strait, and Buckcherry.
Favorite sports movie
Favorite book or author
To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite subject in elementary school
Favorite spectator sports
Favorite pro/ college sports teams (excluding the Griffins)
Michigan State Spartans, Boston Red Sox, and the Detroit Tigers
Favorite recreational activities/ hobbies
Dirt biking, playing softball four nights a week, golfing, and playing Xbox.