Bill Thomas (ice hockey)

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Bill Thomas
Born (1983-06-20) June 20, 1983 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present

William Thomas (born June 20, 1983) is an American professional ice hockey player. He currently plays right wing for the KHL Medveščak Zagreb, member of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

He was undrafted out of suburban Pittsburgh Fox Chapel Area High School. Thomas played for the Cleveland Jr. Barons of the NAHL and Tri-City Storm of the USHL. He also played for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks for two years, leading them to their first NCAA Division I hockey tournament appearance.[1]

After playing in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament, Thomas signed his first professional contract on March 26, 2006 with the Phoenix Coyotes a few days after the Mavericks were eliminated from the tournament in the first round. Thomas played 47 games for the Phoenix Coyotes' AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, in the 2006–07 season. He led the Rampage in goals in the 2007–08 season until he was also called up to the NHL for 24 games with the Coyotes during the same year. After the season Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on July 15, 2008.[2] William scored his 1st goal with the Penguins, his hometown team, against the San Jose Sharks on February 11, 2009.[3]

On September 13, 2009, Thomas accepted an invite to the Toronto Maple Leafs' pre-season training camp on a tryout basis only to be subsequently released from the Maple Leafs on September 19, 2009.[4] During the 2009–10 season, on November 3, 2009, Thomas then signed a Professional Try-out Agreement with the Springfield Falcons. After scoring 17 points in 33 games with the Falcons, he was released from his P.T.O on January 22, 2010, to join HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A for the remainder of the season.

William returned to North America following the conclusion of the season with Lugano to sign a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers on July 2, 2010.[5] Assigned to the Panthers' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, Thomas led the team in goals to start the 2010–11 season, before he was recalled to make his Panthers debut and first NHL return in two seasons, against the New York Islanders on November 20, 2010.[6] Thomas tied a career high to appear in 24 games with the Panthers, scoring 7 points.

In the following 2011–12 season, Thomas attended the Panthers training camp without a contract. Reassigned to new AHL affiliate and previous AHL team, the San Antonio Rampage, Thomas later earnt a one-year deal for the remainder of the season with Florida on December 20, 2011.[7] With only 7 games with the Panthers, Thomas matched his last season with the Rampage in 2008 to tie a career-high with 52 points.

On July 3, 2012, Thomas signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[8] With the NHL lockout coming to affect, Thomas was assigned directly by the Avalanche to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. During the duration of the 2012–13 season, Thomas provided a veteran presence for the Monsters and featured in every game to lead the team with 22 goals.

On June 14, 2013, Thomas signed his second contract abroad with a one-year contract with KHL Medveščak Zagreb from Croatia, the newest member of Kontinental Hockey League.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Cleveland Jr. Barons NAHL 51 3 3 6 2
2001–02 Cleveland Jr. Barons NAHL 52 12 17 29 16
2002–03 Tri-City Storm USHL 60 29 21 50 20 3 0 3 3 4
2003–04 Tri-City Storm USHL 60 31 38 69 30 9 8 6 14 4
2004–05 University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 39 19 26 45 12
2005–06 University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 41 27 23 50 43
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 9 1 2 3 8
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 47 13 20 33 20
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 24 8 6 14 2
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 75 24 28 52 40 7 1 2 3 0
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 2 1 3 2
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 39 8 10 18 24 12 1 4 5 12
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 33 5 12 17 14
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 6 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 53 16 20 36 12
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 24 4 3 7 6
2011–12 San Antonio Rampage AHL 65 27 25 52 18 10 5 5 10 0
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 7 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 76 22 21 43 33
2013–14 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 54 11 19 30 14 4 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 87 16 12 28 18

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CCHA Rookie of the Year 2004-05
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2004-05
All-CCHA Second Team 2004-05
All-CCHA First Team 2005-06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Shelly (April 2, 2006). "Shelly Anderson's NHL Notebook: Fox Chapel High grad has taken his scoring touch to Phoenix". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ Adamski, Chris (August 14, 2008). "PG North: Fox Chapel's Thomas eager to get started with Penguins". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 31, 2008. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Alan (February 11, 2009). "Crosby's shootout goal leads Pens past Sharks". Pittsburgh: Google. AP. Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs trim training camp roster". Toronto Maple Leafs. September 19, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Panthers sign RW Bill Thomas and LW Triston Grant". Florida Panthers. July 2, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Florida Panthers recall RW Bill Thomas". Florida Panthers. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Panthers sign Bill Thomas". Florida Panthers. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Avalanche signs six players". Colorado Avalanche. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  9. ^ "NHL forward Bill Thomas adds to Bears attack" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
T. J. Hensick
CCHA Rookie of the Year
2004–05
Succeeded by
Jeff Lerg