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B's Sign Tim Thomas To Multi-Year Extension

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli and Thomas will hold a press conference on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET in the Will McDonough Press Room at the TD Banknorth Garden, before their 1:00 p.m. matinee game against the New York Rangers.


Thomas - who played in his second career NHL All-Star Game this past January - is currently the league leader in both Goals Against Average (2.11) and Save Percentage (.932). He established a new career high in wins with 33 and has helped lead the Bruins to their first 50-win season since 1992-93.

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Over the last two regular seasons, no NHL goaltender has posted a better Save Percentage than Thomas (.927) (Nicklas Backstrom ranks second, .921) and only Martin Brodeur (2.21) and Evgeni Nabokov (2.22) have registered better Goals Against Averages than Thomas’ 2.26 mark.

The 34-year-old Davison, Michigan native was originally drafted in the 9th round (217th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.  He was a four-year starter at the University of Vermont and compiled a 81-43-15 record and a 2.70 Goals Against Average in 140 career games. He was named an NCAA All-American and ECAC First Team All-Star in both 1994-95 and 1995-96 and led the Catamounts to their first Frozen Four appearance in school history in 1996.

Signed by the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent on June 4, 1998 he played in various professional leagues including the East Coast Hockey League, International Hockey League, American Hockey League, the Finnish Elite League and the Swedish Elite League over the next five seasons from 1997-2002. Returning to Finland during the 2004-05 season, Thomas captured league Most Valuable Player honors as he led all goaltenders in wins (34), goals against average (1.58), games/minutes played (54/3,267) and shutouts (15).

Thomas signed with the Boston Bruins as a free agent on September 4, 2001 and made his NHL debut on October 19, 2002. In 216 career NHL games - all with Boston - Thomas has a record of 106-73-27 with a 2.63 Goals Against Average and .918 Save Percentage. His 106 wins and 2.63 Goals Against Average each currently rank eighth all time in team history.

Thomas is a two-time Bruins Seventh Player Award winner (2005-06 and 2006-07), an annual award voted on by Bruins fans and given to the player who exceeded expectations over the course of the regular season. He has  also represented the United States at six World Championships and posted a 2-1-0 record with one shutout in three games during the 2008 tournament.
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