By James Murphy
BOSTON — According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, former ECHL goaltender Tim Thomas‘ rise to prominence and nomination for the Vezina Trophy is a movie waiting to happen.
“There’s no doubt that his story is going to make for a real good story when it’s all said and done,” Julien said of his No. 1 goaltender. “It’s great to see him get rewarded.”
Thomas, who spent nine years working his way up the ranks to get a legitimate shot in the NHL, has accomplished so much and proven himself so many times. Anyone who didn’t think that Thomas was worthy of being a finalist this season needs a reality check.
“I think it’s obviously warranted. I think he deserves it and hopefully he gets it,” Julien said. “So it’s just one of those things that he’s done enough for this team and he certainly deserves the recognition. I just think that at what point, what do you have to try to keep proving? To me, he doesn’t have to prove anything. I don’t think he has to prove to anybody that he belongs in this League.”