hockey operations




Brent Thompson
Head Coach

Brent Thompson returns for his third season as head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015-16, marking his fifth year in the New York Islanders organization. Thompson was originally hired to coach the Sound Tigers on June 28, 2011 and led the team to a division title in the 2011-12 season before being named an assistant coach of the Islanders for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season. On May 2, 2014, the Islanders announced Thompson would return to his role as head coach of the Sound Tigers. 

Prior to his time with the Islanders organization, Thompson was the head coach of the Alaska Aces of the ECHL from 2009-2011, winning the Kelly Cup Championship in the 2010-11 campaign. During his two seasons as head coach in Alaska, Thompson amassed an 83-50-11 record and won the John Brophy Award as ECHL Coach of the Year in his second season after leading the team to a 47-22-0-3 record. Thompson also served as a player/coach with the CHL’s Colorado Eagles in 2003-04 and was an assistant with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen from 2005-09.

Before he joined the coaching ranks, Thompson enjoyed a 14-year playing career, which included 121 NHL games and over 900 professional contests. The Calgary, AB native was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (39th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

Eric Boguniecki
Assistant Coach

Eric Boguniecki was named assistant coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on July 12, 2011 and enters his fifth season in that capacity, including his third year under head coach Brent Thompson. Boguniecki and Thompson previously teamed up in Bridgeport during the 2011-12 season, when the Sound Tigers posted a 41-26-3-6 regular season record to win the Northeast Division for the second division title in team history. 

Prior to joining the Sound Tigers, the West Haven, CT native enjoyed a 13 year professional career, including stops in the National Hockey League with the Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. During the 2002-03 season with the Blues, he posted NHL career highs in goals (22), assists (27) and points (49).

An eighth-round pick (193rd overall) of the Blues in the 1993 NHL Draft, Boguniecki won the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player in 2001-02 with the Worcester IceCats. Boguniecki ended his playing career as a player/coach with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, alongside Brent Thompson. 

Before going pro, Boguniecki played four seasons at the University of New Hampshire from 1993-97.

 Vazzano John Vazzano
Video Coach

Vazzano joined the Sound Tigers prior to the 2015-16 season as a Video Coach for the team. 

Prior to joining the Sound Tigers, Vazzano played goalie at the University of Vermont. John’s brother Alex played with him at Vermont for two seasons before transferring to Sacred Heart from 2012-15.

A native of Trumbull, Vazzano graduated from The Gunnery in Washington, Connecticut.

 David Stickney

David Stickney
Athletic Trainer

David Stickney is in his fourth season as Sound Tigers athletic trainer in 2015-16. Stickney comes to the Sound Tigers after serving as the head athletic trainer of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League.

DiCostanzo Leni DiCostanzo
Equipment Manager

Leni DiCostanzo enters his sixth full season as the Sound Tigers equipment manager in 2015-16.