|Bill Thomas (b. 1983)|
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
190 lb (86 kg)
|NHL Team (P)
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
|Born||June 20, 1983,|
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
|Pro Career||2006 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
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.
After playing in the 2006 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament, Thomas signed his first pro 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. William scored his 1st goal with the Penguins, his hometown team, against the San Jose Sharks on February 11, 2009.
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. 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.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- 2004–2005 CCHA Rookie of the Year
- 2004–2005 CCHA All Rookie Team
- 2005–2006 First Team All Conference Honors
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2000–01||Cleveland Jr. Barons||NAHL||51||3||3||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Cleveland Jr. Barons||NAHL||52||12||17||29||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Nebraska-Omaha||NCAA||39||19||26||45||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Nebraska-Omaha||NCAA||41||27||23||50||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||47||13||20||33||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||75||24||28||52||40||7||1||2||3||0|
References[edit | edit source]
- Anderson, Shelly. "Shelly Anderson's NHL Notebook: Fox Chapel High grad has taken his scoring touch to Phoenix", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2006. Retrieved on 12 February 2009.
- Adamski, Chris. "PG North: Fox Chapel's Thomas eager to get started with Penguins", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 14, 2008. Retrieved on 31 August 2008.
- Robinson, Alan. "Crosby's shootout goal leads Pens past Sharks", Google, February 11, 2009. Retrieved on 12 February 2009.
- Maple Leafs trim training camp roster. Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-09-19). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
- Panthers sign RW Bill Thomas and LW Triston Grant. Florida Panthers (2010-07-02). Retrieved on 2010-11-20.
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