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Report: Tim Thomas moved family to Colorado partway through season

May 31, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

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Bit of a curious story here – according to sources, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas “abruptly” sold his home in Boston and moved his family to Colorado partway through the regular season.

Here’s’s Joe Haggerty with more:

Thomas had established roots within the Boston community and the 38-year-old goalie seemed like the perfect candidate to remain in the Boston area after his playing career was over.

But Thomas’ future with the Bruins started to get a little cloudy when the White House brouhaha went down this year in January. Apparently, now the goaltender has lost that loving feeling for Boston.

His move to the more politically conservative state of Colorado might explain why Thomas has been so noncommittal when asked about retiring as a Bruin. He also wasn’t very forthcoming in declaring his happiness as a member of the Bruins organization after the team fell to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs this season.

According to one of the sources, Thomas, 38, might’ve pulled up stakes to move closer to Team USA’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, perhaps to work with the national program following his NHL career. But with all that occurred during the season, you have to wonder if he had other reasons to shuffle his wife and three young children halfway across the country while he was still in Boston. At the very least, perhaps his future plans were fast-tracked.

Thomas has one year left on his contract. His no-movement clause expires on July 1.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    His move to the more politically conservative state of Colorado

    This is what happens when you pull a stunt like the White House non-visit. Everything you do from then on is initially framed in this way.

  2. mclovinhockey - May 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Boston is a nice area but the bruins are filled with assholes.

    • ndnation23 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      lol yea but they sure are fun to watch when they get in brawls…and lucic is one hell of a fighter

  3. knowsfirsthand - May 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Whatever his reasons were for not visiting the White House are his own. However, Thomas simply proved that he wasn’t a team player and Boston fans won’t forget that. Selfish!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Incorrect, you’re thinking of pink hats. Actual Bruins fans are concerned with on-ice issues and seeing as how he lead the team with the greatest goaltending post-season, I’ve ever seen, he’s fine with me

      • cba77 - May 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        umm, being a “real” B’s fan he’ll always be remembered as the reason Zdeno Chara hoisted the Cup…..end of story

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    All these CSNNE stories are put out by Joe Haggerty who has done nothing but work his own agenda to try and force Thomas out of town. I would seriously discount anything that comes from him

  5. sharks123 - May 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    So after Thomas helps win the Cup for the Bruins the next year fans are critical because of off-ice bullsh*t?? Sounds pretty lame.

  6. kotteintheslot - May 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    tim thomas does something totally unrelated to hockey but the hockey fans should be upset? didnt he win a cup or are politics now more important than that to hockey fans. because i doubt that

  7. jmillbpc - May 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    As a professional athlete thomas should have known that his actions and comments would draw a lot of unwanted attention. Not to mention the way he handled it was very unprofessional. He created a distraction for his team that never went away. And real fans do care what their star players do off the ice because it represents the team they love so I believe this is a very relevant article considering Thomas is more than likely going to be traded.

  8. dropthepuckeh - May 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Why is Haggs once again trying to stir things up with Thomas? Leave the guy alone and who cares about his politics?! I read the article and saw Hags “tweet” about it as if he uncovered some conspiracy. First of all “Thomas abruptly sold his house and moved his family to politically conservative Colorado”. I find so many issues with that statement – maybe it wasn’t abrupt to him at all, maybe he got a great offer on the house, maybe his wife likes Colorado. “Moved his family” makes it sound like he is dictator who rules a family of submissive wives. Don’t you think they decided together? And why throw in the politically conservative? What if he moved to CA – would it be to get away as far away from Boston as possible?

    Haggs says he might have moved to be close to the training facility of Team USA – but then introduces all the rest of this nonsense? The source said it was to be close to the training facility. Maybe he wants to get away from Hags who has his head so far up Seguin’s ass he has to make up stories to try to remain relevant.

    Thomas might have had the best goalie performance ever in a SCF and I will always remember him for what he did during that run and during his incredible time here in Boston. I hope he is on the team come September but I wouldn’t blame him if he decided to go somewhere else. Its hacks like Haggs who benefitted from his phenomenal run in the playoffs; elevating everyone around him including an arrogant over weight beat writer.

  9. dvo085 - May 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Thomas has had a house in Colorado for a while now… He moved there because he could no longer go out in public without being approached after winning the cup.

  10. bigtganks - May 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I’d rather live in Colorado than Boston!

  11. ThatGuy - May 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Since when is Colorado a conservative state? Democratic senators, democrat Governor, Democrat controlled State Senate and Republicans control the house by 1 member(practically a 50-50 split). I’ve been there numerous times for extended stays and it is the most liberal area I’ve ever been to(especially the Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder area)

    • andidee15 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      The state itself isn’t conservative, but Colorado Springs is probably just about the most right-wing city in the entire nation. Thomas is surrounded by a lot of like-minded individuals there.

      • ndnation23 - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        lol you havent been to any of the Phoenix AZ suburbs lately have you….its tea party (aka tea bagger) heaven! sorry to thomas fans, i know hes a tea party guy…dont really care, hes a great goalie (im a yotes fan anyways)

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