(Born June 16, 1977) -- If Mike Thompson never does anything else for the Buffalo sporting scene, he'll always be fondly remembered for helping the Bandits win a championship.
Thompson was in goal for the championship game in 2008, when the Bandits beat Portland. He made a big save in the final seconds to preserve Buffalo's one-goal victory.
The goalie has not had a typical career. He was born in Akwesasme, Ont., and saw his first action in the National Lacrosse League in 2006 with Ottawa. The Bandits signed him as a free agent after that season.
Thompson spent the 2007 season as the backup goalie to Steve Dietrich, and then worked with Ken Montour as Buffalo's two goalies for the next few seasons. Montour was eventually sidelined by concussion issues, leaving Thompson as the team's top goalie. Then in 2011, he was voted the starting goalie for the East in the NLL All-Star Game in Buffalo.
By the way, Thompson has one of the most upbeat personalities in this city's sports history. He almost always has a smile on his face.
--- Budd Bailey