Tim Thomas signs one-year contract with the Bruins
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The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with goaltender Tim Thomas on a one-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Thomas was an unrestricted free agent and will join the Bruins in training camp on Friday.
“Tim is a solid, dependable goaltender who gives us some depth at that position,” said O’Connell.
Thomas, 31, played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Vermont with an 81-43-15 record and 2.70 goals against average with nine shutouts in 140 career college games, earning two ECAC First Team All-Star berths and two NCAA All-American Team honors. He has played eight professional seasons in Europe and the East Coast, International and American Hockey Leagues and played two seasons in the Bruins organization in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with both their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence and in the National Hockey League in Boston. He played four NHL games with the Bruins with a 3-1-0 record and 3.00 goals against average in the 2002-03 season. He earned his first NHL win in his first NHL game, a 4-3 victory in Edmonton on Oct. 19, 2002.
The 5’11”, 181 lb. native of Flint, Michigan played the 2004-05 season in Finland with Jokerit Helsinki where he led the league in games, wins, goals against average and shutouts. He was that league’s only 30-win netminder with 34 and his 15 shutouts were more than any other team’s totals. He went 34-13-7 with a 1.58 goals against average in 54 games and was named Most Valuable Player of the Finnish Elite League.