He’s a guy who hasn’t been heard from in quite some time, but Tim Thomas received a nice honor today: it was announced that he’ll be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame on December 12.
Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald had a number of great quotes from Thomas, who participated in a conference call as part of the Hall of Fame announcement.
I’m not going to embed every quote as it’s worth reading Marisa’s piece, but Thomas had a surprising amount to say about his mindset, the Bruins, and his time here.
"Last year’s playoffs is the first year that I actually started to watch because Boston was doing so well. I don’t personally have any relationship with the game whatsoever."— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) September 4, 2019
Tim Thomas speaks.https://t.co/bMA2apr5zn via @BosHeraldSports
Thomas hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2013-2014 season, when he appeared in 8 games with the Dallas Stars.
Thomas spent parts of 8 seasons with the Bruins. In his Bruins career, he won 196 regular season games and posted a save percentage of .921 and a GAA of 2.48. In the playoffs, he won 29 games with a save percentage of .933 and a GAA of 2.07.
Thomas is currently 5th in Bruins’ franchise history in wins, 5th in GAA, tied for 1st in save percentage (with Tuukka Rask), 4th in shutouts, and 1st in GSAA (141).
It’s a nice nod for Thomas, and seems to have served as a way to let him reconnect with a sport that he had left behind.
It remains to be seem if Thomas begins to appear more frequently now (not likely), but if nothing else, it’s nice to see him get this honor for such a solid career.