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Winslow Townson/Associated Press/File 1997
Born in Davison, Mich., Tim Thomas played for the University of Vermont. He still holds third place for career saves in the NCAA’s first division.
Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun via Associated Press/file 1998
Seen here playing for the Edmonton Oilers in an exhibition, Thomas was drafted 217th overall by the Quebec Nordiques.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File 2002
Thomas signed with the Bruins in 2001, and appeared in four games during the 2002-2003 season.
The Boston Globe/File 2001
In a sign of how much has changed, this photo was first titled “Tim Thomas, a goaltender with the Boston Bruins, is hopeful that he will make the team.”
Christinne Muschi/Associated Press/File 2001
Thomas made a save during an exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens in one of his first appearances in black and gold.
Rudi Blaha/Associated Press/File 1999
Thomas represented the United States in several hockey world championships, as well as in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2010
After backing up Ryan Miller in Vancouver, Thomas said he hoped to play for his country again in 2014.
Evan Richman/Globe Staff/File 2007
An avid outdoorsman, Thomas was seen here with his dad, also named Tim Thomas, during a Bruins fishing outing in Florida.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File 2011
For his role in the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup, Thomas earned the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Thomas also earned the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goaltender, in both 2009 and 2011 and appeared in four all-star games.
Jim Daves/Globe Staff/File 2011
In 2011, Thomas became the first player since 1975 to win both the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies as well as the Stanley Cup.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2012
Thomas was the only active Bruin to skip the team's post-Stanley Cup visit to the White House, citing his opposition to the growth of federal government.
Thomas left the ice with possible successor Tuukka Rask and team captain Zdeno Chara after the end of the Bruins’ attempted 2012 Cup defense.
Elise Amendola/Associated Press/File 2012
Seen here speaking while the Bruins cleared out their lockers, Thomas confirmed in a Sunday Facebook post that he didn’t plan to return next season.
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