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Leaf of the Day - Sept 29, 2008 - Bill Thoms

Sept. 29, 2008 - Bill Thoms

One of the reasons that I do this thread (other than the old "You think this is bad, imagine if THIS guy were still on the blue line/in net/missing the open side/whatever....") is to highlight players who haven't really been remembered even though they probably should be.

Bill Thoms is one.  Bill has been dropped down the memory hole of the late 1930's - the time between the end of the Kid Line and the arrival of the great teams of the 1940's (which, really, have also been dropped down the memory hole, but I digress).  There were a number of pretty good players on those teams, even though they didn't win a Cup (there was a ten year drought between 1932 and 1942 - 10 YEARS!!!!  Not sure how they survived such hardship.).

Bill led the league in goals in 1936, was a second all-star and led the Leafs to the Stanley Cup final.

And - apparently he packed a mean pass.  Not sure precisely what that means.  It could go either way.

In looking at the totals below, while they don't look like a ton, note that in 1935-36, 38 points was good for 4th overall in league scoring, while in 1937-38, his 38 points (again) was 7th.

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1928-29      Newmarket Redmen      OHA-Jr.                                                       
1929-30     West Toronto Nationals     OHA-Jr.     7     7     13     20     6         2     0     0     0     0
1929-30     West Toronto Nationals     M-Cup     9     9     5     14     10                        
1930-31     Toronto Marlboros     OHA-Jr.     10     11     2     13     4         3     0     0     0     2
1930-31     Toronto Eaton's     TMHL     15     11     7     18     0         6     0     4     4     0
1931-32     Toronto Marlboros     OHA-Jr.     20     16     6     22     26         2     1     0     1     0
1931-32     Syracuse Stars     IHL     12     2     4     6     2                        
1931-32     Toronto Eaton's     TMHL     6     4     4     8     0         2     4     1     5     0
1932-33     Syracuse Stars     IHL     20     7     7     14     18                        
1932-33     Toronto Marlboros     OHA-Sr.     1     0     0     0     0                        
1932-33     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     29     3     9     12     15         9     1     1     2     4
1933-34     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     47     8     18     26     24         5     0     2     2     0
1934-35     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     47     9     13     22     15         7     2     0     2     0
1935-36     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     48     23     15     38     29         9     3     5     8     0
1936-37     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     48     10     9     19     14         2     0     0     0     0
1937-38     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     48     14     24     38     14         7     0     1     1     0
1938-39     Toronto Maple Leafs     NHL     12     1     4     5     4                        

1938-39     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     36     6     11     17     16                        
1939-40     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     47     9     13     22     2         1     0     0     0     0
1940-41     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     47     13     19     32     4                        
1941-42     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     47     15     30     45     4         3     0     1     1     0
1942-43     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     47     15     28     43     3                        
1943-44     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     7     3     5     8     2                        
1944-45     Chicago Black Hawks     NHL     21     2     6     8     8                        
1944-45     Boston Bruins     NHL     17     4     2     6     0         1     0     0     0     2
1945/47                                                    
1947-48     Toronto Maher Jewels     TIHL     26     4     16     20     10         3     2     0     2     7
Leaf Totals     279    68    92    160    115        39    6    9    15    4
NHL Totals     548     135     206     341     154         44     6     10     16     6


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1934)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1936)

- Traded to Toronto by Syracuse (IHL) for Harold Darraugh, January 3, 1933.
- Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Doc Romnes, December 8, 1938.

- Traded to Boston by Chicago for cash, January 14, 1945.



the HHOF take on Bill:

Centre Bill Thoms played over 500 NHL games for three different clubs in the 1930s and '40s. He was a fine goal scorer who was equally proficient at creating chances for his linemates.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Thoms played junior with the West Toronto Nationals in 1929-30 followed by two years of senior with the Marlboros. He gained pro seasoning with the Syracuse Stars of the IAHL before playing most of the 1932-33 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thoms remained with the Leafs through most of the '30s. In February 1934, he participated in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game after the young star's career was ended in the notorious clash with Eddie Shore. In 1935-36, Thoms topped the NHL with 33 goals while playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Buzz Boll. That spring he led all playoff scorers with five assists while helping the club reach the finals. His fine year was recognized when he was voted on to the NHL second all-star team.

In December 1938, Thoms was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Doc Romnes. He proved to be an excellent playmaker on his new club, especially in the 1940s. He was sent to the Boston Bruins in January 1945 and played 17 regular season games and one post-season match before retiring.

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