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Tim Thomas

Born:April 15, 1974Draft:1994 Nordiques #217 Overall
Hometown:Flint, MIPosition:Goaltender
Known For:PersonalityCatches:Left
National Team:United States

Timothy Thomas Jr. (born April 15, 1974) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender who mainly played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably with the Boston Bruins. He ended his career in 2014 as a member of the Dallas Stars.

He was born in Flint, Michigan, and is a graduate of Davison High School. Thomas played college hockey for the University of Vermont for four years, from 1993–1997, during which he was drafted 217th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for several years in the minor leagues and Europe, before making it to the NHL at age 28, with the Boston Bruins. He finally emerged as the Bruins’ starting goaltender at age 32.

Thomas is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy (2009 and 2011) as the NHL’s best goaltender and was a member of Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was the oldest player in NHL history to win the award at age 37. Thomas is one of four American-born players to win the trophy, along with Brian Leetch, Jonathan Quick, and Patrick Kane.

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Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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  • Inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Two-time Vezina Trophy winner (2009, 2011)
  • NHL First All-Star Team (2010, 2011)
  • Stanley Cup Champion with the Bruins (2011)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (2011)
  • Olympic Silver Medal with Team USA (2010)
  • William M Jennings Trophy (2009)
  • SM-liiga Best Player of Regular Season (Lasse Oksanen Award) (2005)
  • SM-liiga Golden Helmet (2005)
  • Two-time SM-liiga Silver Medalist (1999, 2005)
  • Elitserien All-Star Game (2001)
  • SM-liiga All-Star Team (1998)
  • SM-liiga Best Goaltender (Urpo Ylönen Award) (1998)
  • SM-liiga Champion (1998)
  • NCAA (East) First All-American Team (1996)
  • NCAA (ECAC) Goaltender of the Year (1996)
  • World Championship Bronze Medal (1996)
  • NCAA (East) Second All-American Team (1995)
  • NCAA (ECAC) All-Rookie Team (1994)