Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender, has represented the United States in six World Championships, winning a bronze medal in 1996.
A graduate from the University of Vermont, Thomas went 81-43-15 with a 2.70 GAA and nine shutouts in 140 career college games. He was named an NCAA All-American and ECAC First Team All-Star in both 1994-95 and 1995-96 and the ECAC Goaltender of the Year in 1995-96.
His reaction to being named a first-time Olympian on Jan. 1 after the Bruins 2-1 win over the Flyers at the Winter Classic at Fenway Park: "This will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life and my career. Between winning and the way that we won, and being named to the U.S. Olympic team, as I've said before, I've been waiting 30 years for this. I feel like I've been waiting my whole life for this opportunity."
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense