-- From Burlington, Vt., to Birmingham, Ala., and Hamilton, Ont., to Helsinki, Finland, Tim Thomas
traveled the globe to craft his ability to stop hockey pucks.
He's played in plenty of big games at various levels. He played in the Frozen Four in 1996 with Martin St. Louis
for Vermont. Thomas has been to the finals in SM-liiga, the top league in Finland three times and won in 1998, with an HIFK team that included future NHL stars Brian Rafalski
, Olli Jokinen
and Kimmo Timonen
There have been AHL playoff games and NHL playoff contests and world championships. After four years in college and 14 years as a professional in six leagues, Thomas will lead his Boston Bruins
onto the ice Wednesday for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"The reality is, for me anyways, this may be the only Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that I ever have in my career," Thomas said. "If we happen to make it again, hopefully we can win before [Game] 7. But it's a big game. When we're in the garage or driveway playing as a kid and you're fantasizing, well, I was Stevie Yzerman, which doesn't make sense for a goalie, but you're saying to yourself, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. You're not saying Game 6, you know? So this is really what every kid dreams about."