Tim Thomas has seemingly played his last game in a Bruins uniform.
It's looking more and more like he may never play hockey again.
One year ago, Thomas was at the top of the hockey world and was, arguably, the most revered athlete in North American professional sports. Sunday, as had been rumored in the last week, Thomas declared on his Facebook page that he will take a year off from hockey:
"From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
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The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.
Friends, Family, and Faith.
This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.
On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system www.ultrafitevosport.com and work with G-Form www.g-form.com in the development of protective equipment.
What does this portend for the future?
We'll see….God's will be done.
Thomas wrote a day earlier on his Facebook wall, 'See why hockey is just not that important right now?' and posted this link, predicting a world economic disaster.
Thomas has one-year remaining on his contract with the Bruins and if he does, indeed, not play the 2012-13 season, the Bruins will take a cap hit of $5 million. Boston was rumored to have been interested in trading the 38-year-old Thomas this summer in favor of starting 25-year-old goaltender Tuukka Rask.