Thomas Named AHL Goaltender Of The Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced that Tim Thomas, who began his professional career with Birmingham of the ECHL, has been named Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December.

Thomas was 10-4-0 with a goals against of 1.68 and a save percentage of .941 while playing all but 83 minutes of Providence’s 15 games and allowing two goals or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts. He has improved to 13-10-0 and ranks third in the league in goals against with 2.12 and a save percentage of .928.

In his first professional season in 1997-98, Thomas was 4-1-1 with a goals against of 2.18 and a save percentage of .944 in six regular season games while also playing one game in the International Hockey League with Houston. He also played in Finland where he was 13-4-1 with two shutouts, a goals against of 1.62 and a save percentage of .947 in 18 regular season games for Helsinki.

Other former ECHL goaltenders nominated for the award were Binghamton’s Kelly Guard, who played for Charlotte in 2004-05; Cleveland’s Nolan Schaefer, who played for Fresno in 2003-04; Hartford’s Robert Gherson, who began the season with Columbia; Iowa’s Dan Ellis, who was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the Kelly Cup Playoffs after leading Idaho to the title in 2004; Philadelphia’s Martin Houle, who is 4-3-0 with a shutout, a goals against of 2.10 and a save percentage of .935 in seven games with Trenton; Portland’s Dieter Kochan, who played for Louisville in 1997-98; Syracuse’s Andrew Penner, who began the season with Dayton and played for the Bombers the last two seasons; Toronto’s Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who played for Dayton in 1997-98; and Dany Sabourin, who played for Johnstown from 2000-02 and for Las Vegas in 2003-04 and for Wheeling in 2004-05.