(DULUTH, GA) – The Georgia Swarm today announced that the team has acquired forward Jerome Thompson from the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NLL Draft. Thompson will now be reunited with his younger brothers, Lyle and Miles Thompson on the Swarm’s roster. The NLL’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
In a separate trade, the Swarm sent forwards Josh Gillam and Joe Maracle to the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for a second-round selection in 2018 and Rochester’s highest third-round pick in 2016.
Thompson, 27, has tallied five assists in two games thus far in 2016. During his rookie season in 2015, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound lefty posted 24 points (10G, 14A) and collected 35 loose balls. Thompson tallied a career-high four goals against the Swarm in 2015 when the Bandits won at home on Jan. 30, 15-12. Thompson will wear No. 22 with Georgia.
“We had an opportunity with two players who weren’t frontline guys on our roster to pick up some draft picks for the future, and open up some space for other guys to get into the lineup,” Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta said. “Jerome has played some great games against us in the past and we’re happy to now have him on the Swarm team.”
“It’s very exciting; this is something we’ve looked forward to doing our whole lives and have always wanted to do,” Thompson said in regards to joining his brothers, Lyle and Miles, on the same team at the professional level.
Thompson also played with Swarm forwards Johnny Powless and Randy Staats during junior ball with the Six Nations Arrows. In addition, the Thompson Brothers all played together with Powless and Staats this past summer on the Iroquois National team that earned silver in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
“It’s exciting to see people that you played with growing up; to have that chemistry, I think it can go a long way,” Thompson added.
Georgia (4-8) faces Thompson’s former squad, the Buffalo Bandits (8-4), this Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. showdown at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena. Both teams won on the road during the first two meetings this season, and Saturday marks the series finale.
“I had a great time in Buffalo, great fans,” Thompson said. “It’s a quick turnaround playing them right away the first weekend that I get traded.”
Gillam, 27, appeared in two games for the Swarm this season, and notched six points (4G, 2A). In four career seasons with the Swarm, the Peterborough, Ontario native registered 66 points (25G, 41A) and 101 loose balls. The Swarm selected Gillam with the No. 18 overall selection (second-round) in the 2010 NLL Draft.
Maracle, 21, posted four points (1G, 3A) in three games with the Swarm during his rookie season in 2015, and was on Georgia’s practice squad in 2016. The Swarm drafted the 5-foot-11, 195-pound, left-handed forward No. 10 overall (second-round) in the 2014 NLL Draft.
The Georgia Swarm and Atlanta Rollergirls will be “Seeing Double” as they team up to bring a one-of-a-kind doubleheader experience at Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday, April 2.
Fans will be able to catch both the exciting action of pro lacrosse and roller derby on the same night, with one ticket. To kickoff the evening, the Swarm will face off against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:05 p.m. at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field. Immediately following, the Atlanta Rollergirls will compete in a derby bout against the Blue Ridge Rollergirls (Asheville, North Carolina). Fans are encouraged to visit www.georgiaswarm.com/arg to purchase tickets and use the promo code “Roller” to receive special event pricing. Lower-level seating prices for the night start under $27.
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