Tim Thomas (ice hockey, born 1963)

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Tim Thomas
Born (1963-05-28) May 28, 1963 (age 60)
Richfield, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shot Left
Played for Wisconsin
Indianapolis Checkers
Baltimore Skipjacks
Diables Noirs de Tours
Nijmegen Tigers
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Playing career 19811992

Tim Thomas is an American retired ice hockey defenseman who was an All-American for Wisconsin and won a Liiga championship in 1987. [1]



Thomas was a member of Bob Johnson's final recruiting class and began playing at Wisconsin a year after the team won their third NCAA championship. The Badgers were still a powerful team in Thomas' first season, winning the WCHA Tournament and returning to the national championship game, only to conference rival North Dakota. Thomas had played well that season and was invited to participate at the 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Team USA finished in 6th, a typical result for the team. The next season began shaping up even better for Thomas. Wisconsin looked ready to compete for a championship again while he spent time as both a forward and defenseman. Thomas played in his second WJC and, though he wasn't able to help them finish in the medals, Thomas led the US National team in scoring. [2] His stellar play earned him an invite to the National Team for the upcoming World Championships and he remained with the national team for the remainder of the year. Thomas helped the US win pool-B with an undefeated record and a promotion to the top bracket for the subsequent world championship.

With Wisconsin having won a National Championship in his absence, Thomas remained with Team USA for the next season as they prepared for the 1984 Winter Olympics. He played through the entire season with the program and was even included on the Olympic roster, but he didn't play in any of the games. [3] After a disappointing 7th-place finish, Thomas left the national team and returned to Wisconsin. The team had fallen off the pace after making three consecutive championship games and was now playing just well enough to not make tournament appearances. Upon his return, Thomas produced a monster offensive season, leading the team with 50 assists and finishing second at 63 points. He led all defensemen in the nation in scoring and was named an All-American. After Wisconsin was eliminated from the playoffs, he rejoined the US national team one final time at the World Championships, helping the team to a 4th-place finish.

In his senior season, Thomas's numbers slipped a bit but he was still able to help Wisconsin to a 27-win season. The team, however, was swept in the conference semifinals and missed out on another NCAA tournament. Immediately after the season was over, Thomas began his professional career and played the rest of the season with the Indianapolis Checkers. Despite posting good numbers, he ended up playing the next season in Finland. He joined reigning league champion Tappara and helped the club repeat with their 6th championship.

He was back in North America the following season but ended up playing just 10 games for the Baltimore Skipjacks. He headed back to Europe in 1988 and played a year with Diables Noirs de Tours. After sitting out for a few seasons, Thomas ended his playing career with the Nijmegen Tigers in 1992.


Regular season and playoffs

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1981–82 Wisconsin WCHA 4410182833
1982–83 Wisconsin WCHA 23771431
1984–85 Wisconsin WCHA 4213506362
1985–86 Wisconsin WCHA 42113849122
1985–86 Indianapolis Checkers IHL 103581550222
1986–87 Tappara Tampere SM-liiga 4443750912315
1987–88 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 102467
1988–89 ASG Tours Nationale 1A 3017223966
1991–92 Nijmegen Tigers Eredivisie 103694
NCAA totals15141113154248


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
1982 United States WJC 6th703310
1983 United States WJC 5th74594
1983 United States WC-B 1st
1983–84 United States International56
1984 United States Olympics 7th00000
1985 United States WC 4th1002216

Awards and honors

All-WCHA First Team 1984–85 [4]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1984–85 [1]

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