Thomas was never drafted by an NHL team, but that didn't stop him from scoring more than 400 goals in a career that lasted 20 seasons and 1,235 games.
Though he was born in Stockport, England, Thomas was raised in Markham, Ontario. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed the 20-year-old forward on May 12, 1994, after he scored 51 goals for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League. He was sent to St. Catharines of the American Hockey League in 1984-85, and he was named AHL rookie of the year after he scored 90 points (42 goals, 48 assists) in 64 games. He also played 18 games with the Maple Leafs and scored his first NHL goal on March 30, 1985.