Those of us who guard the net in ice hockey belong to a rather small and tight knit fraternity. It takes a person with a special (some say crazy) makeup to handle the rigors of playing goalie. We all tend to stick together and share a certain camaraderie. Why? Because playing in goal taxes not only the body, but the mind. It ain’t for the faint of heart! Hall of famer Jacques Plante summed it up.
“Stressful? Do you know a lot of jobs where every time you make a mistake, a red light goes off over your head and 15,000 people start booing?”
I don’t know Tim Thomas. He plays at a far higher level than I ever reached. But his willingness to take a stand, knowing that criticism would certainly come, doesn’t surprise me and it sure makes me proud.
The Boston Bruin netminder proved himself on the ice last year, backstopping the Bruins to a Stanley Cup at the age of 37, winning the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP in the process. And I have to mention his stinking Bruins knocked my beloved Lightning out of the playoffs along the way. But his actions this week carry far more significance than hockey, and his statement carries much more weight than any of his accomplishments on the ice.
Tim Thomas took a stand for liberty.Details