Tim Thomas signs one-year contract with the Bruins
Wednesday, 09.14.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
“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.