For the first time in recent memory, Tim Thomas spoke to the media on Wednesday after his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was announced earlier in the day. Thomas, a Boston Bruins great who led the team to the 2011 Stanley Cup, has been MIA since the 2013-14 season. Don’t expect this to be the start of Thomas’ return, however. Here are the top stories from around the hockey world on Thursday, September 5th.
Boston Bruins legend Tim Thomas will enter the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on December 12th. He spoke to the media on Wednesday, but don’t expect to hear from him again in near future. Thomas also does not envision a return to the Boston hockey scene. Jimmy Murphy has more. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Bruins will kick off their 2019-20 season with the 2019 Prospect Challenge next week. Their roster is loaded with potential NHL’ers, with as many as four players having real hopes to make the team as early as this season. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche were one of many teams to kick off “captain’s practice” this week. Our colleague from the west, Adrian Dater, has more from the skate. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Patrick Marleau was hoping to find his way back to the San Jose Sharks this off-season after a buyout from the Carolina Hurricanes. That dream won’t be coming to fruition. The Sharks have no interest in bringing back the franchise icon. (NHL.com)
Pierre McGuire will not return to NBC’s top broadcast team in 2019. The veteran reporter will be replaced on the top team by former NHL’er Brian Boucher. McGuire will still be working games for the network. (Yahoo!)