Tim Thomas' Fast Start Reminiscent of Another Bruins Great in Tiny Thompson
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Tim Thomas' start to the 2010-2011 season has been nothing short of incredible. In six games, Tim "Pac Man" Thomas is undefeated with three shutouts and a microscopic 0.50 GAA. He is back to his Vezina Trophy-winning form of 2008-2009 after struggling last season with a nagging hip injury.
Thomas' start has been historic in regards to the Black and Gold. Thomas has matched Cecil "Tiny" Thompson's franchise record for best start for a Bruins backstop. During the 1937-38 season, "Tiny" played quite huge in net, going 6-0. Thompson finished the season with 30 wins in 48 games with a minuscule 1.80 goals against average.
And that wasn't even his best season.
Let's take this time and learn more about the man they called "Tiny."
Cecil Thompson’s contract was purchased from the Minneapolis Milers of the American Hockey League by Bruins manager Art Ross in the ’28-’29 season. Ross never saw Thompson play, but made his decision based on his reputation in Minnesota.
The gamble paid off for Ross and Boston. In his first season, “Tiny” won 26 of the 44 games he played and posted a microscopic 1.15 GAA. His goals against average is the second lowest GAA all time. He backstopped the Bruins to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship with five wins that included three via shutout.
In the following season, Thompson proved he was no fluke. He posted a career-best 38 wins, leading the Bruins to the best record in the league. Thompson only let up a total of 98 goals, which helped him win his first of four Vezinas.
Cecil “Tiny” Thompson played for Boston for 10-plus seasons before being shipped over to Detroit early in the ’38-’39 season. The Bruins brought in heir apparent, Frank Brimsek, to play between the pipes.
Thompson had a stellar career in Boston by accumulating 252 games and 74 shutouts, both of which are tops in franchise history. He made his biggest mark by backstopping the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup championship.
Cecil Thompson was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1959.
Let's hope Timmy Thomas can keep playing "Tiny" in net!
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