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78. 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.

Should Tim Thomas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Flint, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2017
  • Position: Goalie
  • Played For: Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team U.S.A. (2010 Olympics)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Vezina Trophy (2) (2009 & 2011)
    Conn Smythe Trophy (2011)
    William M. Jennings Trophy (2009)
    First Team All Star (2009 & 2011)
    NHL All Star (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
    Highest Save Percentage (2009 & 2011)
    Lowest Goals Against Average (2009 & 2011)
    Stanley Cup Rings (1) (2011) Boston Bruins

Should Tim Thomas be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.2%

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0 #1 Park3 2018-07-31 11:40
He has all of the relevant individual awards and honors the other goalies ahead of him on the list don't - Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, Vezina Trophy (2), and 1st team all-star (2). The only other goalie in NHL history to earn all four in the same season was Bernie Parent twice. What hurts him is he did not cement a spot in the NHL until he was 31 so he doesn't have lofty career numbers. There have been a number of forwards without lofty career numbers inducted in the past decade, so I'm sure why Thomas' short term dominance would be considered lacking.
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