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.
- 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
- Awarded the Urpo Ylönen trophy (best goaltender) in 1998.
- Awarded the Kultainen kypärä award (best player as voted by the players) in 2005.
- Awarded the Lasse Oksanen trophy (best player) in 2005 – first non-European to win the award.
- Played in the All-Star Game in 2008, 2009 and 2011
- 2009 William M. Jennings Trophy Winner along with teammate Manny Fernandez for fewest goals allowed by team goaltenders
- 2009 Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Winner for best save percentage amongst NHL goaltenders (minimum 25 games started) – .933
- 2009 and 2011 Vezina Trophy Winner of the NHL’s top goaltender award
- Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2009 and 2011.
- 2011 Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Winner for best save percentage amongst NHL goaltenders (minimum 25 games started) – .938 (all-time record)
- 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner
- 2011 Stanley Cup winner
- First goaltender to win the Stanley Cup, Vezina, and Conn Smythe trophies in the same season since Bernie Parent for the 1974–75 season, and Thomas also won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award in the same season as the Stanley Cup, Vezina, and Conn Smythe wins, becoming the first goaltender to accomplish that feat in one season.
|1991–92||Davison High School||MHSAA||27||18||5||4||1580||87||9||3.30||.926|
|Senior int’l totals||8||—||—||—||349||15||1||2.58|