Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thomas The Greatest American Goalie Ever?
Over the history of the NHL there have been a lot of great goalies. Hasek, Brodeur, Dryden, Burnan, Larocque, Thompson, Plant, Sawchuk, and Roy to name a few. All of which won multiple Vezina Trophies, all of which have there name etched on the Stanley Cup at least once. But none of them were born in the United States.
Tim Thomas is now a Stanley Cup Champion, a Conn Smyth Trophy winner, and will soon be a two time Vezina Trophy winner. With his accolades he can throw his name in the hat as one of the best ever, and especially as the best ever to be born in the United States.
Timmy's Career Save Percentage of .921 is 2nd All-Time behind Dominik Hasek, from Czechoslovakia, this season Thomas also broke Hasek's single season Save Percentage of .938, a record that stood for 12 years. Statistically Thomas' 08-09 and 10-11 seasons can stack up against almost anyone, but numbers alone can't put you in the "Greatest" conversation. You have to carry your team to a title.
In the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Tim Thomas' star has shined brightest. Despite already being a 3x All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner, Tim seemed to be a player on the outside of that Star Category. But after tremendous performances in Game 5 against Montreal, 52 saves in Game 2 on the road against Philadelphia, a Game 3 shutout in Tampa Bay, and to top it off a Game 7 shutout to win the Stanley Cup? The guy has been simply incredible.