August 11, 2011

Stanley Cup headed to UVM, courtesy of Thomas

Tim Thomas (left) and Zdeno Chara at the Bruins' victory parade. (photo: Getty)

BOSTON — Boston Bruins goalie and former University of Vermont standout Tim Thomas announced Wednesday that he will be bringing the Stanley Cup to Burlington, Vt., for a public viewing event on Sept. 3.

Thomas was awarded a second date with the Cup and choose to bring it to Burlington, a city that has supported his career for many years. Thomas runs a very successful summer hockey program in the area that sells out yearly.

The Davidson, Mich., native had a four-year career with the Catamounts (1993-97), compiling a school-record 81 career wins, and helped Vermont make back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament and the school's first trip to the Frozen Four in 1996.

Thomas led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup championship, behind a 37-save effort in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and became the first goalie in NHL history to win a Game 7 with a shutout on the road. The Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972.

Thomas went 16-9 in the postseason and led all playoff goaltenders with a .940 save percentage, 1.98 goals-against average and four shutouts. He set NHL records for most saves in one playoff year (798), most shots faced in one playoff year (849) and most saves in a Stanley Cup Final (238).

Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs and took home his second Vezina Trophy in three years as the league's top goalie. He joined Bernie Parent as the only goaltenders in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Vezina in the same season.