Thomas' recent fame enables 'underdog' charity


Thomas' recent fame enables 'underdog' charity

BOSTON -- With a day off from practice, the last place you'd expect to find Tim Thomas would be TD Garden.

But the 37-year-old goaltender has been working in earnest to get the Tim Thomas Foundation off the ground, and he announced on Tuesday that the Arbella Insurance Group was entering into a multiyear partnership with the TT Foundation that includs a 20,000 gift. Thomas has been putting together fundraisers and collecting partners for his charity.

Our hearts are in the same place, and that really makes it a good working relationship, said Thomas of pairing together with Arbella. Im just trying to take advantage of the position that Im in to do the most good that I can. Ive come to the realization that Im more popular and well-known than I probably want to be, but I can really do some good with that.

To be perfectly honest, I was wholly unprepared for things to blow up like they have . . . to get recognized all the time when I walk down the street. For me it was just about competing as hard as I could in every single game, and deep down finding out how much I could actually accomplish while I still had the ability to play. There is still more to add to that, though.

The mission of Thomas' foundation is to support the underdog, whether the underdog position was developed due to lack of opportunity, lack of education, illness or a disaster." The first fundraiser helped New England families decimated by the hurricane in Vermont and the tornadoes in Central Massachusetts, and Thomas commissioned a Movember Moustache goalie mask to be raffled off for charity at the end of the month.

All of it is fresh and new for Thomas, but hes excited to see how many lives he can touch with his foundation.

Clearly this is the perfect time for Thomas to start his charitable endeavors, given the glow that's still emanating from Vezina Trophy-, Conn Smythe- and Stanley Cup-winning season. Thomas is off to a solid start this year, too, with a 5-4 record, .931 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average, and looks like he hasnt lost anything at age 37.

With a pair of Vezina trophies, a Stanley Cup championship and a Conn Smythe trophy to his name along with a Johnny Bower-style, rags-to-riches, late-career story, Thomas could arguably make a push for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But hes trying not to set goals for himself in the bigger picture when his team is just starting to get things together when it comes to the important little things.

Ive discussed it a few times, and the opinion changes from time-to-time depending on how I feel, said Thomas. The conclusion Ive come to is that I want to play it year-by-year and see how it goes. Ive heard a lot of professional athletes say that when they get a little older, and I never understood it.

When youre young, you have this plan to be in the NHL by the age of 25 and do this thing or that thing. But then after awhile you toss all of that out because things never according to the plan anyway. You just learn to go with the flow.

Thomas flow has been downright historic during his tenure with the Bruins, and his standout play along with his budding foundation to benefit those in need within New England are true signs the Bs goaltender is here to stay for as long as wants.

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

*Chris Pronger takes a job in the front office of the Florida Panthers and wants to be a GM in the NHL someday.

*It sounds like Alex Radulov is playing contract chicken with the Montreal Canadiens while demanding pretty massive term and salary demands.

*Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has a top-nine winger on his wish list after dealing away Jonathan Drouin to the Habs.

*A good look from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jon Rosen into what the draft outlook is for the Los Angeles Kings entering this weekend.

*Ryan Strome is ecstatic about moving on from the New York Islanders and heading to the Edmonton Oilers where he’ll get a chance to fully utilize the skills that went under the radar in Brooklyn.

*Even without a high pick, the Buffalo Sabres and Jason Botterill will be making some moves at the NHL Draft.

*You want some talk about the Bruins prospects and their potential draft targets for the Black and Gold this weekend. Here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke on with a podcast up in Maine called the Bruins Diehards talking all of that good stuff just a couple of days ago.

*Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is going searching for another goalie after once again deciding that Philly needs more help between the pipes. This seems to be a perpetual situation for this group, doesn’t it?

*Jeff Marek has his final 2017 NHL Mock Draft up and running, and he has St. Cloud State forward Ryan Poehling headed to Boston with the No. 18 pick.

*Apparently Linda Cohn wants to push out Gary Bettman and take over as NHL Commissioner when her contract is up with ESPN. Well, okay then.

*It was a little emotional and totally uplifting to see Denna Laing getting saluted at the NHL Awards ceremony. I’m so glad that my daughter has strong role models like Denna that show young women what courage and character are all about.

*The rumor mill is getting worked up at NHL Draft weekend, and it sounds like the Minnesota Wild are going to be busy potentially dealing Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella or Jason Pominville in the next week or two. Certainly, the Bruins have been front and center in those discussions, but it remains to be seen if something gets done.

*For something completely different: The glowing reviews are coming in for the new Netflix series, GLOW, and it doesn’t sound like a fun concept.


Report: Bruins among several teams interested in Wild's Scandella

Report: Bruins among several teams interested in Wild's Scandella

CHICAGO – The Bruins missed out on the first flurry of defensemen traded on Friday morning, but they may be in on the second wave of quality D-men expected to be made available around the NHL Draft.

The Bruins are one of several teams actively in discussions with the Minnesota Wild about defenseman Marco Scandella, who fits the profile of what the B's are looking for to fill a top-four role. TVA’s Ren Lavoie was the first to report the latest interest but the Bruins have long been watching the Minnesota back-end situation waiting for one of their defenders to become available.

Scandella, 27, is big, at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, he’s got a few years of NHL experience, he’s a left-handed shot and he’s already proven he can be a top-four defenseman in the NHL. Scandella is coming off a so-so season with the Wild where he posted four goals and 13 points along with a minus-2 rating in 71 games. and for the first time in three seasons, he averaged under 20 minutes of ice time for the first time in the past three seasons.

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Scandella would be a good potential fit on the left side in a top-four role playing in a pairing with Charlie McAvoy as the B's look for a good, mobile partner that can play at both ends of the ice. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they are clearly not the only team in the running for the Montreal-born Scandella. One of those teams is his hometown Montreal Canadiens, who are hungry for a few D-men after losing several in the past couple of weeks.

There are other names filtering out of Chicago as the draft gets underway tonight. One of the more interesting D-names is Massachusetts native Noah Hanifin. The former Boston College standout is rumored to be available as the Carolina Hurricanes look to bring some star power in at the forward position. He was the player Boston initially wanted in the draft a couple of years ago before standing pat and selecting Jakub Zboril as one of three consecutive first-round picks.

There doesn’t seem to be a match for Hanifin with David Pastrnak as the only realistic option to be going to Carolina in return and that’s not something the Bruins are going to entertain with one of their cornerstone roster pieces. Still, it’s encouraging that so many quality D-man names are emerging on the trade market with Don Sweeney and the Bruins looking to get down to business this weekend.