The 37-year-old Boston Bruins goal-tender is regarded as a key the component in helping his team achieve last nightâ€™s historic Stanley Cup win against the Vancouver Canucks. It has been a long ride for Thomas, who started his first NHL game at 28 and became a regular goalie at 31. At one point, his parents sold their wedding rings to raise money for his hockey career, and a young Tim sold apples door-to-door, according to the Boston Globe.
"Every night, all season long, he always gave us a chance,"Â Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Globe.
The Stanley Cup win is the first for the Bruins in 39 years.
â€œThis is literally a dream come true, just like it is for everyone on this team,â€™â€™ Thomas said. â€œAt 37, this might be my only shot to win it.â€™â€™