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02-11-2013, 06:33 PM
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AST Voting Record:

1947-48: 5th (Cup winner)
1948-49: 6th (Cup winner)
1949-50: 6th
1950-51: 3rd (Cup winner)
1951-52: 4th
1952-53: not top-4 (but played in all-star game as non-Cup winner - so 5th - 8th)
1953-54: 6th[/COLOR][/B]
Boss Conn Smythe of the Leafs gave chief credit for thrusday's uphill win to defenceman Jimmy Thomson.He though Jim turned in the best defensive effort ever produced by a rearguard in Stanley Cup play
Jim Thomson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is another durable type.After nine full seasons and 600 games as Toronto's steadiest defenceman , Thomson failed to take part in only 11 games.
Pink-Cheeked Jimmy Thomson from Winnipeg , ranks in the books of his boss , Conny Smythe , as just about the best defensive defenceman Toronto Maples Leafs have ever had.
Originally Posted by Smythe
''THomson's record of goals-against is the best of any defenceman we have ever had.He combines the qualities of a lot of good defenceman we've had.He has many of the attributes of Day; he cant hurt attackers - although not so seriously - as Horner; he can get that puck out of his own end like Clancy - not in as dashing way but just as decisively.He'Ll be one of the all-time greats of hockey if he keeps his head and continues to give his best.''
Billy Mosienko suffered a fractured right ankle in the second period and may be out of hockey for the season.He was injured when checked by defenceman Jimmy Thomson of the Leafs.
It was a rugged game, just about the most bruising of the series. Chief Toronto casualty was Jimmy Thomson. The ace Leaf rearguard suffered a rib seperation on the right side in a second period collision with Alex Delvecchio. Dead game to the finish, however, Thomson still came back to play in the third period although it was evident that he was in great pain.
Inability to take advantage of Toronto penalties contributed heavily to Detroit's downfall. For seven solid minutes in the first period, and for a total of 19 minutes in the course of the contest, the Wings had an advantage in manpower and couldn't cash in. Not only did they fail to score, but the rock-ribbed Toronto defense, spearheaded by Jimmy Thomson, for the most part was able to make their so-called power plays appear utterly futile.


There wasn't a single weak link on the Toronto team. Broda, when he had to be, was flawless in goal. Rugged Jimmy Thomson was a standout on defense.
Lynn Patrick said the Leafs powdered the Bruins right out of the series in the first two games. They whacked Milt Schmidt and Johnny Pierson into complete submission and left the Bruins without much in the way of a scoring threat.

"Jim Thomson did most of the heavy work for them, but they've got a bruising defense," he said. "Guys like Bill Barilko, Bull Juzda and Fernie Flaman can hurt you if they get a good shot at you and that Gus Mortson is no Little Lord Faultneroy.

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