Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas: The Modern Dominik Hasek

December 4th, 2010 by Mickey McGuire Leave a reply »
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, a 37-year-old goaltender who started his NHL career at age 31, has put up dominating numbers this season and is turning heads.

With a 13-2-1 record to compliment a .956 save percentage, 1.44 goals against average and 5 shutouts, Thomas has easily been the most impressive goalie in the NHL this season.

Thomas' unorthodox style is reminiscent of Hall Of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek—"How did he do that?!" plays that can be credited to flexibility, athleticism and a spectacular eye for the puck.

However, Thomas' story is what makes him so much more unorthodox.

He played with the University of Vermont between 1993 and 1997, but didn't make his NHL debut until the 2002-2003 season with the Boston Bruins. He spent time in the SM-liiga in Finland, the ECHL, the IHL, the AHL, and the SEL in Sweden.

Despite the fact that he made his debut with the Bruins in 2002, he never became a permanent roster player until 2005-06 at age 31. In 2008-09, Thomas was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy, and has a chance to add another Vezina to his mantle this summer.

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