Originally, Tim Thomas had plans to take his 7-year old daughter shopping in New York City.
Instead, at the ripe old age of 33, Thomas has been selected to play in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
While this comes as a huge surprise to Thomas, the fact that he is going as a replacement seems to be a bit more surprising, given that the UVM alumnus has retained sole posession of the league’s best save percentage (.927) for the majority of the season.
And although Thomas will be replacing the always-excellent New Jersey Devils goaltender, Martin Brodeur, one has to wonder how the other two Eastern Conference goalies made it over him.
For some reason or another, the NHL decided that Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro’s 17th best .912 SV% and 2.54 GAA, along with Florida’s Thomas Vokoun’s 14th best .915 SV% and 2.78 GAA, were much better when compared to the aforementioned league-leading .927 and better 2.38 GAA of Thomas.
According to Andy Brickley, the only reason DiPietro was selected was because “the Islanders are so unspectacular from top to bottom without him.”
That may be true, but his numbers still do not surpass those of Thomas’s.
The same can be said about the unspectacular Florida Panthers and Thomas Vokoun’s statistics.
Sunday’s festivities in Atlanta, Georgia, will surely prove to be an incredible experience for the journeyman, Thomas.
After all, he deserves it.
Not just because his numbers are so remarkable, but because his story is.