by Patrick Hoffman on 06/28/11 at 08:01 PM ET
With the Hockey Hall of Fame announcing its inductees today, I figured now would be a good time to bring up a topic that will more than likely spark up a debate both amongst hockey fans and hockey media.
When all is said and done, will Boston Bruins’ netminder Tim Thomas be a candidate to get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame? This is something that is going to be debated by the hockey media and fans alike since Thomas completed one heck of a season in the National Hockey League this year.
Thomas was the netminder to beat this season as he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender, the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s best player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the ultimate trophy in the sport, the Stanley Cup. Easily a goaltender’s dream season, eh?
For Thomas, it was his second Vezina in three years and it was a year in which he put up unbelievable numbers. He picked up 35 wins (9th in the NHL), posted a 2.00 goals against average (1st in the NHL), a .938 save percentage (1st in the NHL) and 9 shutouts (2nd in the NHL).
Thomas, if you can even imagine, was even better in the postseason. He posted a 1.98 goals against average (1st in the NHL), a .940 save percentage (1st in the NHL) and had 4 shutouts (1st in the NHL) to cap off a year to remember when it comes to a fantastic display of goaltending.
In six seasons in the NHL, Thomas has 161 wins, a 2.50 goals against average, a .922 save percentage, 26 career shutouts, 2 Vezina Trophies, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy and of course, 1 Cup. Certainly not bad for a netminder that followed a different path to get to the world’s greatest league.
For some people, this probably won’t even be a debate and they will simply dismiss the 37-year-old goaltender as a non Hall of Famer. They’ll say he did not play in enough games, did not pick up enough wins in both the regular season and playoffs and so on and so forth.
However, when the time comes for Thomas to retire, others will say that he might deserve consideration in getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They will point to his incredible statistics, his trophies, the Stanley Cup, the All-Star games and whatever else might get Thomas into the Hall of Fame.
What do you folks think? Do you think Thomas should be a candidate to make hockey’s hall or do you think he’ll simply goes down as one of the best goaltender’s in Bruins’ history?
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