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06-14-2012, 01:57 AM
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Jimmy Thomson !!!

Awards and Achievements:
4 x Stanley Cup Champion (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951)

2 x Second Team All-Star (1951, 1952)

Norris voting – 6th(1954)
All-Star voting – 3rd(1951), 4th(1952), 5th(1948), 6th(1949), 6th(1950), 6th(1954)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points among Defensemen – 1st(1948), 2nd(1951), 3rd(1949), 4th(1952), 5th(1954), 6th(1953), 12th(1947)

Originally Posted by Maple Leaf Legends
The Maple Leafs defence of the mid ‘40s and early ‘50s was one of the most formidable in the history of the game. Bill Barilko, Garth Boesch, Fern Flaman, Bill Judza, Gus Mortson, and Wally Stanowski were all top drawer, but the man who held is all together was Winnipeg native Jim Thomson. The other blueliners could play their game safe in the knowledge that the ever-reliable Thomson would be back to make sure the Leafs zone was cleared. All Leafs players of that era would agree that without him the team would never have won four Stanley Cups between 1947 and 1951.

The Leafs quickly saw that he could go up against the best players in the league and was a perfect partner for the attacking Mortson. Thomson would not score much – he had six seasons with the Leafs without a single goal – but his defensive play was among the best in the NHL.

Thomson had good size at en even six foot tall and 190 pounds and played it tough without going overboard. He was exceptional at implementing coach Hap Day’s clutch-and-grab style, which became the Leafs’ trademark.
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 lay against and often faced the opposition’s best player. Thomson was the type of defenseman who looked after his own end first while defensive partner Gus Mortson lugged the puck up ice. Thomson could pass the puck effectively, s his 29-assist total in 1947-48 indicates. He could handle the point on the power-play, although he was not a noted goal scorer by any means. But he was a very valuable member of the team and the best defender in the club year after year.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey – Biography
Jimmy Thomson, although 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 became a regular with the Leafs in 1946-47. He and Gus Mortson, who were business partners off the ice, formed a rollicking defensive duo on the ice for six seasons. Thomson matured into the picture of the quintessential stay-at-home defenseman. Although he wasn’t the fleetest man afoot, he was exceedingly expert at the “grip and grab” technique, a tactic that earned him his share of penalties. Despite his focus on the defensive side of the game, he was a skied play-maker.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Need a text book example of a classic stay at home defenseman? Look no further than Jimmy Thomson.

A product of the St. Mikes Majors, Jimmy joined the Leafs on a full time basis in 1946-47. He was soon paired with Gus Mortson on defense, a move that proved very fruitful for the Leafs. The two rock solid blueliners helped to solidify the Leaf's supremacy for years.

Known as the "Gold Dust Twins," Mortson and Thomson starred for the Leafs. 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.

Despite not scoring a goal in 6 of his 11 seasons, and only scored 19 career goals in almost 800 games, Jimmy was honored with two Second Team All Star berths - 1950 and 1951. He was a good passer as his 215 assists suggest.

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. He did lead the league in playoff penalty minutes in 1951 with 34 minutes in 11 games.

Thomson was a big part of 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Championship. In fact those 4 championship seasons came in his first 5 NHL seasons, including three straight in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
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.

The Winnipeg native was a junior standout in Toronto with the St. Michael's Majors for two years. He spent most of his first pro season in 1945-46 with the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets before joining the Maple Leafs on a full time basis the next year.

In all, "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. During the 1956-57 season he spent time as the Leaf's captain.

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