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19
Aug
09

Tim “The Tank” Thomas….NHL Goalie, Vezina Winner, Potential Olympian and Lunatic

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There is an old saying, “If your goalie ain’t weird, he ain’t good”. I was reminded of how much this saying applies to Tim Thomas after reading some of his quotes from the Team USA Olympic orientation camp:

Thomas knows the many travails he went through to make it to the top of the NHL. Now with a chance to fulfill an Olympic dream that he began to shape as a Michigan high schooler, he spent some time the other day recalling how he was passed over years ago when it came time for Team USA to gather up its best and brightest for the World Junior Championships.

A graduating high school senior in the summer of ’93, the 18-year-old Thomas attended the US Olympic Sports Festival in San Antonio, still uncertain where he would go to college and excited at the chance of possibly being showcased in the World Juniors.

“There were eight goalies there, and my team won the gold medal,’’ said Thomas. “Me and the other goalie split all the games. And in four half-games, I let in one goal, total. And then, uh, I ended up not making the team, to make a long story short . . . and I broke every stick in the back of the room.’

KPD-Boston Globe

As much as Tim Thomas is a stand up and humble guy, when he puts that equipment on he turns into a lunatic. And I love it. Here are a few examples just to prove the point:

Exhibit A. How about every time there is a game winning goal against him? He skates as fast as possible to the locker room where they have 75 sticks back there waiting for him to pulverize. Here he is trying to sprint off after Koivu scores on him in a shootout:

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