Nate Thompson played just three shifts Saturday night in Boston -- the three best shifts of his young life.
Thompson, 22, of Anchorage, became the 10th Alaskan to play in the NHL when he made his debut for the Boston Bruins in a 6-2 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
Thompson, a center in his second season of professional hockey, was called up from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.
The 6-foot, 207-pounder logged two minutes of ice time Saturday.
Thompson, a former Dimond High and Alaska All Stars skater, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2003.
Saturday, he joined New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez of Anchorage, San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage and Sharks winger Scott Parker of Eagle River as active NHLers.
The other Alaskans to play in the NHL are the late B.J. Young, of Anchorage, Ty Conklin of Anchorage, Brian Swanson of Eagle River, Ty Jones of Eagle River, current Alaska Ace Barrett Heisten of Anchorage and Jason Ryznar of Anchorage.
Ryznar and Conklin are still active in the AHL, which is one step below the NHL. Swanson currently plays in Germany and Jones is out of hockey.