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10-06-2009, 02:22 AM
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With our 8th selection, the 193th selection in this year All-Time Draft, the Detroit Falcons are please to select defenseman Jimmy Richard Thomson

Nickname: Jeems
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 190 lbs
Position: Defense
Shoots: Right
Date of Birth: February 23, 1927
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Canada
Date of Death: May 18, 1991

Stanley Cup Champion (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1951, 1952)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953)
Team Captain (1957)
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame ()

Top-10 Assist (6th, 8th)
Top-10 Penalty Minutes (3rd, 9th)

Top-10 Scoring among defenseman (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 6th)
Top-10 Goalscoring among defenseman (7th, 10th)
Top-10 Assist among defenseman (1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th)
Top-10 Penalty Minutes among defenseman (3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 8th, 10th)

Top-10 Playoff scoring (7th)
Top-10 Playoff assist (3rd)
Top-10 Playoff penalty minutes (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th)

Top-10 Playoff scoring among defenseman (1st, 4th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 9th)
Top-10 Playoff goalscoring among defenseman (2nd, 4th)
Top-10 Playoff assist among defenseman (1st, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 6th)
Top-10 Playoff penalty minutes among defenseman (1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th)
*In a ERA with Red Kelly, Doug Harvey and Bill Gadsby as direct competition*

- Thomson won the Memorial Cup with the Toronto St. Michaels Majors in 1945
- Thomson played his first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was 19 years of age
- Jimmy Thomson was one of the original instigator of the attempt to found a player's association, as he was the secretary–treasurer
- Thomson ran a coal business in the off-season and was business partner with Gus Mortson, his regular defense partner in Toronto
- He played his final year in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. That year, the Hawks rosed from a last place team to a first place team
- After his playing career, Thomson operated an home heating business in the Toronto area
- Stan Fischler consider Thomson the 9th best Defensive defenseman in the history of the NHL

Originally Posted by HHOF
Jimmy Thomson was a rugged defenseman and team leader who spent nearly 800 games in the NHL during the 40s and 50s. In addition to his feisty nature he was a fine passer who often helped his club's transition game by carrying the puck up ice efficiently.

"Jeems" supplied toughness and leadership on the Toronto defense for eleven seasons. He was regarded as one of the league's toughest foes and placed on the NHL Second All-Star team in 1951 and 1952. He also participated in seven All-Star Games and was an integral part of Stanley Cup wins in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Need a text book example of a classic stay at home defenseman? Look no further than Jimmy Thomson.

The two rock solid blueliners (Gus Mortson) helped to solidify the Leaf's supremacy for years.

They played a rock hard style that often left cuts and bruises on any enemy who dared to enter their zone. Thomson especially was positionally perfect and a thinking man's defensive rearguard. Mortson was more of a rusher of the two, while Thomson quietly went about his work. The pairing proved to be as valuable as it was impenetrable.

In the late 1940s it was very rare for the defensemen to get very involved in the offensive attack. So while Thomson wasn't deprived of good skills, he thrived by protecting his own zone. Thomson was physical though clean. He never had over 100 minutes in penalties in one season.

Thomson was a big part of 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championship.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey
Jimmy Thomson, although possibly not as well known a name as some of the other great Leaf defensive greats, was a mutt, a ''check first, ask questions later'' player.

Thomson matured into the picture of the quintessential stay-at-home defenseman. Despite his focus on the defensive side of the game, he was a skilled play-maker.

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Originally Posted by Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.3
Thomson was a defensive player in the same mold as his coach Hap Day. He was an expert in the clutch and grab technique that saved a lot of goals.
Originally Posted by Maple Leafs Top-100
One of the larger players in the NHL at the time at six feet and 190 pounds, Thomson was tough to play against and often faced the opposition best players. Thomson was the type of defenceman who looked after his own end first.

Thomson could pass the puck effectively. He could handle the point on the powerplay [...] he was a valuable member of the team and the best defender in the club year after year. During one playoff game against the Boston Bruins, Thomson surprised everyone with a big goal when the Leafs needed it most
-''I simply shoot when the goaltender's vision is blocked.'' - Jimmy Thomson, asked how he scored his big goal against he Bruins in the 1948 playoffs

- ''I threw both hands up as high as I could!'' - Jimmy Thomson, asked if he remembered how to celebrate after scoring a goal


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