Remember back in the Stanley Cup Final, Game One when it was rumored that Tim Thomas was going to be a banner captain? That he was going to leave his new bunker in Idaho and wave a flag for the adoring fans in Boston? Well, that never happened. And now we know why.
In a recent announcement, Tim Thomas along with other US hockey notables will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. He took a conference call with reporters to talk about how he’s doing and what his relationship with the game is now. That relationship with the game is non-existent.
“Everybody probably knows nowadays I don’t actually have all that much to say, at least publicly,” Thomas said on a conference call with reporters. “Obviously I’ve decided to keep what I’ve been doing with my life and learning to myself at this point, for sure, and probably forever.”
“With the state of my nervous system since I retired, I wouldn’t be able to hardly handle the energy of the crowd in Boston,” Thomas said. “So it isn’t as simple as it may seem. Having said that, you never know what the future may hold. I’m just taking life as it goes.”
Thomas revealed that his daughter this week landed an internship with the Bruins and emphasized she earned it. Asked about that being a gateway to getting him back involved in the game, the 45-year-old said he highly doubts that will happen.
“I just don’t see it,” Thomas said. “I have other interests. I have a totally other focus. I live in a totally different world than the hockey world that I lived in before. I live a long ways away from Boston, and it’s not that fun for me to travel anymore. It isn’t anything to do with the Boston Bruins or the Boston fans, especially. My goodness, they loved the crap out of me when I was there to the point where it was hard to handle.”
“I don’t personally have any relationship with the game,” he said. “My focus and mind is on learning about other stuff. I learned so much about hockey and that area. I feel like I’ve learned as much as I needed to learn about it. My focus is on learning about other stuff.”
I knew that he was trying alternative therapies to treat his symptoms of vertigo from post-concussion syndrome but it also makes me wonder if he has a much more pervasive degenerative neurological disorder, which he would have every right to keep private because, frankly, it’s none of our business.
Hey, let’s hope he’s living the best life he can live.