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Bob Ryan

Tim Thomas had improbable route to Cup stardom

At 37, it took goalie a long time to reach the top

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — He was never the Golden Boy.

You kidding? He didn’t start a game in the NHL until he was 28 and he didn’t become anyone’s regular goalie until he was 31. Until very recently, he would have been recognized on the street in Finland more readily than in downtown Boston.

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