With one magical playoff run in the spring of 2011, Tim Thomas — once an afterthought as a 28-year-old NHL rookie —immortalized himself in the halls of Boston sports history, with his name etched next to the likes of Vinatieri, Ortiz, and others.
And yet, despite his efforts to help clinch the Bruins’ first Stanley Cup in 39 years, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner hasn’t spent much of his retired years relishing his place among the all-time Bruins greats.
In fact, since hanging up the skates at the end of 2013-14 season, the 45-year-old goaltender had not made a public appearance, opting instead to go off the grid.
Thomas’ self-appointed exile was not simply a way for the netminder to disconnect from the outside world in search of privacy, however.
His career batting pucks out of the crease and clearing skaters off the blue paint might be over, but Thomas was still in the midst of a new and much more daunting battle.
“I didn’t want to talk about this,” Thomas told reporters in Washington D.C. on Thursday. “I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to tell the world this stuff. Not until I felt ready and I didn’t feel ready yet. But here I am.”