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Boston Bruins Goaltender Makes Holiday Call to USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors on Deployment

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea - Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas spoke to hockey fans aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a phone call to the aircraft carrier, Dec. 29.

Sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. You can read about Thomas' reaction to the call here.
Fourteen Lincoln hockey fans gathered to ask Thomas a number of questions throughout the call. They asked about the Bruins’ offensive approach, Thomas’s early days in hockey, and his early professional career playing in Finland and in the minor leagues.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kaleb F. Brown asked what Thomas considered his most memorable moment as a hockey player. 

Thomas said that although he has had quite a few memorable moments, his proudest moment came when he was named to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team on the same day the Bruins won a shootout over the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in front of 40,000 fans at Boston’s Fenway Park.

“Being named to the Olympic Team had been my dream since I was five years old, and finally I was able to realize that dream,” Thomas said. “It was a great day.”

Brown also asked Thomas what kept him motivated to reach his goals.

“If you really want something, just work as hard as you can to try to accomplish it. If you do everything that you possibly can to reach a goal that you want to reach, you’ll respect yourself at the end of the day. It’s nice to be rewarded, and I think you will be if you want something bad enough and you work at it hard enough.”

Thomas reminded the gathered fans that he still has a larger goal looming in his career. “I want to win a Stanley Cup,” he said. “I’m still working on that one.”  

Thomas also told the Sailors who he thought was the best player he has faced in his career (Pittsburgh Penguins star Sydney Crosby), who in the league gets under his skin (New York Rangers enforcer Sean Avery) and which defenseman he would love to play behind (Los Angeles Kings phenom Drew Doughty).

The hockey star’s phone call is the latest in a series of recent calls from prominent Boston sports figures to Lincoln’s sports fans. Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and wide receiver Wes Welker called Sailors on Christmas Eve; Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the ship Dec. 21.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.

---By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
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