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Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas  #30

NUMBER: 30 BIRTHDATE: April 15, 1974
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Flint, MI, United States
WEIGHT: 201 DRAFTED: QUE / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 9th   (217th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> It is long past time that Thomas stop being considered a surprise or an overachiever. Admittedly a late-bloomer, the Boston backstop is in the midst of his third straight stellar season and will appear in his second straight NHL All-Star Game. <br /> <br /> Drafted in the 11th round (217th overall) by Quebec in 1994, Thomas completed his storied college career and then toiled for several years in Europe and the minors before establishing himself as a top-flight NHL goaltender in 2006-07. Last season, he provided the foundation for Boston's first playoff appearance since 2003-04 by going 28-19-6 with a 2.44 goals against average and .921 save percentage (fourth best in the NHL). And he was the winning goaltender for the Eastern Conference at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. <br /> <br /> Thomas has followed that up with more brilliance between the pipes this season. Through games of Jan. 5, he was 16-4-3 for the high-flying Bruins with a 2.13 goals against average and .932 save percentage -- both ranked fourth in the League. <br /> <br /> Not bad for a guy who, upon graduating from the University of Vermont, embarked upon a journey to the NHL that included stops in the IHL, AHL, ECHL, Finland and Sweden before finally making his NHL debut in 2002-03 at the age of 28. Thomas was an NCAA All-American in 1994-95 and '95-96 and has represented the United States at six World Championships, winning a bronze medal in 1996. <br /> <br /> Probably not surprising for a man named Tim Thomas who is nicknamed &quot;Tank&quot; and has a degree in English, he has a thing for alliteration. His daughters are named Kiley and Kelsey; his son is named Keegan. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his play this season: &quot;Are my stats as good as they've ever been? Yeah, you can't argue with the numbers. But in other years, though, I actually may have played better but didn't have the stats because I was forced to because of the way the team was playing in front of me. My whole point is the team is playing pretty darn good and that helps.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his game appearing more controlled: &quot;It's the same as last year, really. If I've looked more economical, it's because of the way the team plays. It's hustling and good defense and also it's me learning where everyone's going to be. It's the familiarity with my D-men and the familiarity with the system.&quot; <br /> <br /> On being underestimated: &quot;I've been proving people wrong my whole career, so I'm used to it. In a certain way, depending on how you react to it, it's good. If you can do well in spite of people saying that you can't, then you make them look foolish.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Bruins head coach Claude Julien: &quot;He competes so hard. Teams will take a shot on him and see an empty net. They think it's a sure goal, but he pops up with that second effort, he doesn't give up...What was maybe unfair to him earlier in his career is he was maybe not getting as much help from the guys in front of him as he does now. He's getting the recognition now he probably could have gotten earlier in his career.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Goalie takes long trip to reach the NHL</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href=";cmpid=rss">NCAA PRO-file with Tim Thomas</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=25330">Thomas feature</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div id="asstatsbox" style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" width="100%" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">W</td> <td align="center">L</td> <td align="center">OT</td> <td align="center">MIN</td> <td align="center">GAA</td> <td align="center">GA</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> <td align="center">SPCT</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">20</td> <td align="center">12</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">18</td> <td align="center" class="right">0.778</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">20</td> <td align="center">12</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">18</td> <td align="center" class="right">0.778</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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