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Church member Tim Thomas named MVP of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tim Thomas (Photo via NESN.com)

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night, and goalie Tim Thomas — a member of the Burlington Church of Christ in Massachusetts — was recognized as the most valuable player during the playoffs.
NESN.com reports:

Tim Thomas stood on his head for the Bruins the entire season, and that success carried over into the playoffs. Following Game 7 on Wednesday night, Thomas was named the winner of the NHL’s Conn Smythe Trophy, the award given to the player determined to be most valuable to his team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thomas is the first goaltender to win the award since Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward earned the honor in 2006. He is the first American to win the Conn Smythe since former-Bruin Brian Leetch did so as a member of the New York Rangers in 1994, and the first Bruin to win the award since Bobby Orr in 1972.

Read the full NESN.com report and an Associated Press feature on Thomas’ “season to remember.”
Tony Thompson, preaching minister for the Burlington church, told The Christian Chronicle last month:

Obviously, much more important than his athletic prowess is the fact that Tim loves the Lord and the church and is devoted to his family.


  • Feedback
    God does Reward us for doing his will if not on earth definitely in HEAVEN. PRAISE THE LORD.
    Larry Hemby
    June, 16 2011
    What a great series. Thomas was a rock indeed.
    Dewey Leggett
    June, 16 2011
    Tim, your brethren in Seabrook NH congradulate you and your team. Keep praising God for your talent.
    Bruce Pierce
    June, 16 2011
    I dont like the Bruins, but he had a great series and is very deserving of the award. It was a little harder to root against him though knowing he is a member. GO HABS!
    Jeff Gwinup
    June, 16 2011
    Contrats to the Bruins and paticularly Tim Thomas. So very encouraging to see Tim win the Conn Smythe and still be ever the hunble dedicated Christian. Encouraged in Calgary
    Larry Drader
    June, 16 2011
    As a Christian and a Bruins fan I am truly excited to see Tim’s success in his vocation. It is very encouraging to have a leader on your team that you can point to your kids and say he is a faithful Christian.
    June, 16 2011
    It is so nice to hear of a child of God being a shining light! Congratulations to my dear brother, Tim Thomas. I trust I will have the honor to meet you someday!
    Darlene Beeler
    June, 16 2011
    I grew up north of Boston, but was only 3 years old the last time the Bruins brought home the cup. This was a sweet victory, but sweeter yet to know that the MVP is a Christian! I love to see high profile people who are part of the Lord’s body who can have a positive influence on so many.
    Congratulations Tim! It is well deserved!! You are a force to be reckoned with on the ice and I pray that you will remain a force for God off the ice. Way to go!!!
    Eric Swenson
    June, 16 2011
    I knew he was a brother!! I’m a Vancouver fan but I’m happy for Tim.
    June, 16 2011
    Doesn’t surprise me a bit! Thank the Lord for good people!
    June, 16 2011
    Too bad he’s not a Penguin.
    Scott Walton
    June, 16 2011
    Congrats Tim, You have given hope too old men everywhere! 🙂
    Too bad you don’t play for the Oilers.
    Rob Burnstad
    June, 16 2011
    I am a Canadian and our whole family was cheering for Tim Thomas and all the Canadian players on the Boston Bruins. It was Tim I was cheering for the most as I wanted to see him win a Stanley Cup for all his hard work. I had no idea he was a Christian but should have known by the smile that is always on his face. I love it – the favor of God on Tim raising him all the way to MVP! Blessings, Tim and keep up the smile! You wear Jesus well! God is so good! (excited in Calgary)
    June, 18 2011
    We hear so much about athletes and other people of prominence who have no recognition of God and His way that it is really refreshing to see someone like Tim who is a Christian. I doubt I’ll ever meet Tim, but I would like to so I could shake his hand and tell him, “I am glad to call you my brother in Christ.” Tim, may God bless you and your family as you live for Him.
    James Haney
    June, 22 2011
    Wow – God is so good, and we are so happy for you, Tim! The Stanley Cup, The Conn Smythe, and The Vezina Trophys – the “big 3” empowered by the “BIG 3” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s not what you do, who you are, or what you have that makes you a success, but WHO you have.
    “Commit to the Lord whatever you so, and your plans will succeed” (Prov 16:3)
    Roc & Susie Grimaldi
    June, 22 2011
    I am not a churchgoer and don’t know whether God exists or not, but members of his community of faith can certainly be proud of him. What Tim did was nothing short of a miracle, and the mental strength he displayed through a near-impossible, 25-games run was a clear testimony to his faith. Millions of people also discovered throughout this two-month run a very humble man driven by his principles, one who always kept the right attitude despite the extreme competitive environment.
    July, 7 2011

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