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Rocky Thompson, the third-round choice (72nd overall) of the Calgary Flames in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft,  joined the Barons for their first season in 2010-11 as an assistant coach. Thompson spent the 2009-10 season an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.

Prior to turning to the coaching ranks, Thompson played 10 full seasons of professional hockey. During his career, he played in 591 games. Not shy of the rough stuff, Thompson amassed 2,036 penalty minutes in those games. He appeared in 25 NHL games during his tenure as a player, 15 with Calgary and 10 with Florida.

Before being drafted, the Calgary native played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Statistically, his best season was the 95-96 campaign when he scored 29 points (9-20-29) and served 260 penalty minutes in 71 games with Medicine Hat.

A well-rounded athlete, Thompson was a Golden Gloves champion boxer and qualifier for Canadian junior golf events.