Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was one of the goaltenders chosen for the United States Olympic hockey team, it was announced after the Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
Thomas, 35, has 10 wins in 24 games this season and has posted four shutouts. He was the Bruins’ starter in the Winter Classic.
“Just this whole day, overall, this will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life, of my career,” Thomas said. “Between winning, and the way that we won, and being named to the U.S. Olympic team, I mean, it’s my oldest goal, I’ve been waiting 30 years for this.”
Thomas learned about his selection Friday morning and had to keep it under wraps throughout the game. Afterward, NBC anounced the team in a live broadcast using youth players wearing jerseys with the names of the players chosen on the back. However, Thomas wore his own USA jersey and represented himself.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity,” Thomas said. “To be able to be named at your home crowd, but at Fenway Park, I mean, to have those things together, this is a sory that will be told for the rest of my life.”
Thomas has played 243 career games in the NHL and countless more in the AHL and foreign leagues. He was drafted in 1994 by the Quebec Nordiques.
Last season, he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. He tied with Manny Fernandez for fewest goals allowed and led the league in goals-against average (2.10) and save percentage (.933). He was also a first-team All-Star and posted 36 wins, the most by a Bruins goalie since Andy Moog in 1992-93.
Several other Bruins were previously named to their country’s national team for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 12 in Vancouver. Patrice Bergeron will play for Canada, Zdeno Chara for Slovakia, Marco Sturm for Germany and David Krejci for the Czech Republic.
The American roster:
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues
Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings
Mike Komisarek, Toronto Maple Leafs
Paul Martin, New Jersey Devils
Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Chris Drury, New York Rangers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils
Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay Lightning
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche