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What makes Tim Thomas tick?

Tough times of youth explain why he has been champion of underdogs

Some people hit the lottery. Tim Thomas conquered a sport.

The oldest NHL player ever to win it all - a Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and a Vezina Trophy as the season’s best goaltender - the 37-year-old Bruin became the king of hockey. Rags-to-riches royalty.

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