Tim Thomas’ Time at Vermont Helped Goalie Grow, Paved Way for NHL All-Star Success

At some point, you have to wonder if the 2010-11 NHL season will ultimately belongs to Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

Thomas, who is the heavy favorite for the Vezina Trophy to this point and maybe even a Hart Trophy candidate, has surpassed even the highest expectations that were placed upon him early this season.

But as Thomas spoke with Naoko Funayama at All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, NC, the veteran goalie credited his time at the University of Vermont for not only helping him to grow as an adult with newfound responsibility, but also to improve his game against better competition. Thomas says he got better by practicing against fellow Catamount and current All-Star forward Martin St. Louis, and Thomas continues to get tested on a day-to-day basis by fellow All-Star and Bruins teammate Zdeno Chara.

As far as his success through the first half of the season goes, Thomas admits that it is nice, but he's too focused on tasks at hand to think about personal accolades right now.

"I can't really afford to sit back and think about what ifs because it'll take away from my play," he said.

Check out the video above for the entire interview.

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