What the Boston Bruins’ Tim Thomas and a Fine Wine Have in Common

December 2nd, 2009 by Aaron Tom Leave a reply »
Yes, we've all heard the stories of Tim Thomas' meteoric rise from the minor leagues, to Finland, to the  NHL, and back to Finland, before finally becoming a full-time member of the Boston Bruins in 2005-06.  We've all heard how he, rather suddenly, went from trying to crack an NHL roster to topping the league by winning the Vezina trophy last season.

For a while now, it seems the nation has been gripped with Thomas fever, with article after article highlighting his humble childhood, in which his parents pawned their wedding rings in order to send him to a hockey school, and how he has stayed down-to-earth even after becoming a star.

In fact, in all the great details of his off-ice personality, which show that making loads of money does not change everyone, it can become easy to forget that his on-ice performances are even better.

Ladies and gentlemen, I said it last year and I will gladly say it again: Tim Thomas is the best goalie in the NHL.

His numbers through two months may seem to indicate otherwise, with a 2.36 goals-against-average (good for tenth in the league) and a rather meager .915 save percentage (good for 15th). Perhaps most appallin ...

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