December 22, 2011

From NEHJ: Hangin' Out With ... Tim Thomas

By Jesse Connolly

What other sports did you play as a kid?
“Football in middle school and high school, but I played baseball the whole way growing up. I didn’t play basketball because I was always short.”

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. (Getty) Who’s the fastest player you’ve ever gone up against?
“Michael Grabner. He sticks out in my mind.”

Who’s the last player you want coming in on a breakaway against you?
“I don’t care. I don’t want to see anyone coming in on a breakaway. Some of the guys who wouldn’t traditionally get breakaways can be the toughest to stop.”

If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
“There’s lots of different places I haven’t seen that I’d like to go to. I went to the Bahamas once and really enjoyed it there. I’d like to see Australia and some part of South America at some point, too.”

If your luggage was lost, what would you miss the most?
“Probably my camera.”

Do you have any pets?
“Two dogs named ‘Griffin’ and ‘Karmen,’ and a cat named ‘Ruby.’”

What was the worst course you had to take in school?
“I can’t remember the name of the class, but dead women’s poetry.”

If forced to do karaoke, what song would you pick?
“‘Thunder Rolls’ by Garth Brooks.”

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
“There’s lots of superheroes I used to enjoy, but Superman has everything.”


Movie: “Army of Darkness”

TV show: “Gold Rush”

Band/artist: Garth Brooks

Book: “Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay

NHL player growing up: Steve Yzerman

Restaurant: Border Cafe

Store: The Apple Store

Road city: Toronto


Skates: Bauer

Blocker: Reebok

Stick: Reebok

Mask: Sportsmask

This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

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