PRINCETON, N.J. – Former ECHL and current Boston Bruins goaltender Tm Thomas is The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for October.
The leading distributor of game- worn hockey jerseys and “Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” MeiGray sold more than 700 game-worn jerseys in 2009-10 and has sold more than 5,500 since it became “The Official Game- Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL” in 2002-03.
The 36 year old was 6-0-0 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.50 and a save percentage of .984 in six games, both which rank first in the NHL. He stopped 182 of 185 shots over his six straight wins and allowed one goal or less in all six games.
Thomas recorded 29 saves in a shutout against Phoenix on October 10, 20 saves in a shutout against Toronto on October 28 and 29 saves in a shutout against Ottawa on October 30.
The Flint, Michigan native played six games for Birmingham in 1997-98 posting a 4-1-1 record with one shutout, a goals against average of 2.17 and a save percentage of .944 before being called up to the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League.
He played 93 AHL games over four years with Hamilton and Providence going 44-36-11 with 10 shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .922.
Selected in the ninth round (217th overall) by Quebec in 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Thomas has played 268 games in seven years in the NHL where he has posted a record of 132-91-35 with 20 shutouts, a 2.56 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He is 10-8 with one shutout, a goals against average of 2.16 and a save percentage of .926 in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Thomas became the first ECHL alum to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2008-09 after going 36-11-7 with five shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
There have been 447 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including four this season and 35 in 2009-10. The ECHL has had 255 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years. There have been 191 ECHL players who have played their first game in the last six seasons for an average of more than 31 per year.