A+ A A-

28. Tim Thomas

While Tim Thomas was often controversial, the fact remains that he had a lot of success when he backstopped the Boston Bruins.

The 2017 Hockey Futures are up

Recently, we here at unveiled our new (2016) list for our hockey section, naming Eric Lindros as the man most worthy of consideration for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This came with an updated list, a few new entries (Alex Kovalev, Roman Hamrlik and Miroslav Satan) and a shuffling of positions based on your votes, emails and comments.

Now once we do the repositioning on the main section, we fee it is our duty to address and upload potential entries that will come up in coming years, and allow you to vote ahead of time, BEFORE it gets on to the list without receiving your input.

With that in mind, lets take a look at part 1 of 2 of our revised hockey futures shall we?

First off, the 2015 and 2016 Futures have been removed completely.  Those players who were in the sections previously but were not able to make the Top 100 (as they are all now eligible) are no longer featured on, that is unless we expand to 250, which we have discussed!

The 2017 Futures Section includes the following:

Daniel Alfredsson, a former superstar for the Ottawa Senators and Calder Trophy winner.  The Swedish born player retired with over 1,100 career Points and a 0.93 Points per Game Average. 

Ed Jovanovski, an excellent two-way defenceman and five time All Star.

Jean Sebastien Giguere, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner with the Anaheim Ducks.

Nikolai Khabibulin, a four time All Star and durable Goalie who was a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup win.

Ray Whitney, a 1,000 Point scorer, a one time Second Team NHL All Star and a member of the Carolina Hurricanes’ first Stanley Cup Championship.

Ryan Smyth, a star player for the Edmonton Oilers who led the NHL in Power Play Goals in the 1996-97 season.

Teemu Selanne, the “Finnish Flash”, is a three time NHL goal scoring champion and four time post season NHL All Star.  Selanne is also a Bill Masterton Trophy winner and Stanley Cup Winner with the Anaheim Ducks. 

Tim Thomas, a Goalie who was a First Team All Star twice and Conn Smythe Trophy winner with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Todd Bertuzzi, a controversial player who was at one time, a First Team All Star in 2003.

Tomas Kaberle, a four time All Star and classy blueliner who recorded over 500 Points in the NHL.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look, cast your votes and offer us your opinions!

As always, we here at look forward to your opinions and thank you for your support.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame announced their 2019 Class

The United States Hockey Hall of Fame has announced the five-member class that will comprise their Class of 2019.

Gary Bettman:  Bettman has been the commissioner of the National Hockey League since 1993 and since his tenure, the league expanded from 24 to 32 teams with significant increases in attendance and a six-time increase in overall revenue. The choice may be controversial as he was the instrumental figure in the pro players (including Americans) not appearing in the last Winter Olympics.  It was also under Bettman’s watch that an entire NHL season (2004-05) was lost. Incidentally, this follows Bettman’s induction last year into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Brian Gionta:  A veteran of 1,026 NHL Games, Rochester, New York native, Brian Gionta played for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins scoring 595 Points.  Gionta would help the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2003 and would play for Team U.S.A. in three World Hockey Championships and in 2006 at the Olympics.  Rather than play professionally in 2018, he would play again for the Americans in the 2018 Olympics.

Neal Henderson:  Henderson co-founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, which is the oldest minority hockey club in North America.  A fixture in advocating hockey in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, he was a part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” campaign.

Tim Thomas:  From Flint, Michigan, Tim Thomas was a late bloomer in the professional ranks as he did not reach the NHL until he was 28 in the 2002-03 season.  The Goalie would become Boston’s starter a few years later and in both the 2008-09 and 2010-11 season he was a First Team All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner.  In that latter season, Thomas would backstop the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011 where he would win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  

On the International Level, Thomas (who was still playing college hockey at the University of Vermont) was a member of the 1996 Bronze Medal winning team and would play in five World Hockey Championships.  He was also a member of the 2010 Silver Medal winning Olympic Team.

Krissy Wendell:  Wendell was a star player at the University of Minnesota where she was the Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation’s top female hockey player in 2005. Wendell represented the United States often winning Gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championship and Silver in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 & 2007.  She also won Silver in the 2002 Olympics and Bronze in 2006.

The group will be honored on December 12 in Washington.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

  • Published in Hockey

77. Tim Thomas

Here is another interesting one.  The always controversial and outspoken Tim Thomas was quite a story becoming an elite netminder at age 34 and having two spectacular seasons in pro hockey when most players have hung up the pads.  Thomas is one of the rare players to win two Vezina Trophies and backstopped the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup win, however, the reality is that his run at the top was too brief to cement a Hall of Fame spot…though stranger things have happened.

Awards = HOF? Part Twenty-Two: The Conn Smythe Trophy

We here at thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.
Subscribe to this RSS feed