Tim Thomas

Posted: January 11, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Boston Bruins

Shaun Best/Reuters

The Good: Tim Thomas is a proven winner and leads by example.  He always works very hard to improve his game. Thomas comes up with spectacular saves from out of nowhere.  He never quits on a play, and never gets too down on himself when he struggles. He’s a hybrid butterfly goalie that knows when to abandon his technique in order to make saves. He has the strongest work ethic and mental toughness of any NHL goalie. His short legs are a true advantage, making him faster. He dives around making crazy unseen saves, while getting another tick in the win collumn. He has one of the most aggressive sticks in the NHL and he  displays it every single game. He is very active moving the puck and doesn’t make many mistakes when playing the rubber disk. At 37, most goalies are slowing down, but Thomas isn’t done. With 2 Vezina’s and a Cup, all in the last 3 years, to credit, Thomas proves hard work pays off. He is one of the best goalies the league has seen in many years. He can single handedly win games.

The Bad:  Thomas’ style also leads to problems, as he can overplay the situation, and let in soft goals that shouldn’t go in. He is prone to brain cramps with the puck, and while he isn’t bad with the puck, its better to let the defense get the puck behind the net. When he’s off his game, he can get shelled due to a lack of textbook form in goal. Despite being quick and agile with his feet, his skating ability lacks. Again, he is 37, so age will start to catch up on him in the near future.

Awards

College

  • Named to the ECAC First All-Star Team in 1995 and 1996.
  • Named to the NCAA East All-American Second Team in 1995.
  • Named to the NCAA East All-American First Team in 1996.

Source: Tim Thomas on HockeyGoalies.org

SM-Liiga

NHL

Other

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1991–92 Davison High School MHSAA 27 18 5 4 1580 87 9 3.30 .926
1993–94 Vermont Catamounts NCAA 33 15 12 6 1864 94 0 3.03
1994–95 Vermont Catamounts NCAA 34 18 13 2 2010 90 4 2.69
1995–96 Vermont Catamounts NCAA 37 26 7 4 2254 88 3 2.34 .924
1996–97 Vermont Catamounts NCAA 36 22 11 3 2158 101 2 2.81
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 18 13 4 1 1034 28 2 1.62
1997–98 Birmingham Bulls ECHL 6 4 1 1 360 13 1 2.17 .944
1997–98 Houston Aeros IHL 1 0 0 1 59 4 0 4.01 .852
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 15 6 8 0 837 45 0 3.23
1998–99 HIFK SM-l 14 8 3 3 831 34 2 2.23
1999–00 Detroit Vipers IHL 36 10 21 3 2020 120 1 3.56 .892
2000–01 AIK SEL 43 17 16 10 2542 105 3 2.48 .918
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 32 15 12 5 1937 79 4 2.45
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 35 18 12 5 2049 98 1 2.87 .906
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 4 3 1 0 220 11 0 3.00 .907
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 43 20 16 6 2544 78 9 1.84 .941
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l 54 34 7 13 3267 86 15 1.58 .946
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 26 15 11 0 1515 57 1 2.26 .923
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 38 12 13 10 2187 101 1 2.77 .917
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 66 30 29 4 3619 189 3 3.13 .905
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 57 28 19 6 3342 136 3 2.44 .921
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 54 36 11 7 3259 114 5 2.10 .933
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 43 17 18 8 2442 104 5 2.56 .915
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 57 35 11 9 3364 112 9 2.00 .938
NHL totals 319 161 102 44 18,432 767 26 2.50 .922

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 9 9 0 551 14 3 1.52
1998–99 HIFK SM-l 11 7 4 658 25 0 2.28
2000–01 AIK SEL 5 1 4 299 20 0 4.00 .875
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 3 1 2 180 12 0 4.00
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 2 0 2 84 10 0 7.13
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l 12 8 4 720 22 0 1.83
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 7 3 4 0 430 19 0 2.65 .914
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 11 7 4 0 680 21 1 1.85 .935
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 25 16 9 0 1542 51 4 1.98 .940
NHL totals 43 26 17 0 2652 91 5 2.06 .936

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996 United States WC 1 21 1 0 2.86
1998 United States WC 1 1 0 0 58 2 0 2.06
1999 United States WC 2 98 7 0 4.25
2008 United States WC 3 160 4 1 1.50
2010 United States Oly 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 5.21
Senior int’l totals 8 349 15 1 2.58
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 BOSTON
ON PACE 55 36 14 0 3139 8 103 1679 1.99 .938

Drafted: 217th overall, 1994
Quebec Nordiques

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