For the player of the same name who played with the Winnipeg Monarchs in 1959-70, please see Bill Thomas (MJHL).

Bill Thomas (b. 1983)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Florida Panthers
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
HC Lugano
Born June 20 1983 (1983-06-20) (age 37),
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2006 – present

William Thomas (born June 20, 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays right wing for the Florida Panthers of the National 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 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.[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]


  • 2004–2005 CCHA Rookie of the Year
  • 2004–2005 CCHA All Rookie Team
  • 2005–2006 First Team All Conference Honors

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01Cleveland Jr. BaronsNAHL513362
2001–02Cleveland Jr. BaronsNAHL5212172916
2002–03Tri-City StormUSHL602921502030334
2003–04Tri-City StormUSHL6031386930986144
2004–05University of Nebraska-OmahaNCAA3919264512
2005–06University of Nebraska-OmahaNCAA4127235043
2005–06Phoenix CoyotesNHL91238
2006–07San Antonio RampageAHL4713203320
2006–07Phoenix CoyotesNHL2486142
2007–08San Antonio RampageAHL752428524071230
2007–08Phoenix CoyotesNHL70000
2008–09Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL162132
2008–09Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL3981018241214512
2009–10Springfield FalconsAHL335121714
2009–10HC LuganoNLA6213220000
2010–11Rochester AmericansAHL5316203612
2010–11Florida PanthersNHL244376
NHL totals 80 15 12 27 18


  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Robinson, Alan. "Crosby's shootout goal leads Pens past Sharks", Google, February 11, 2009. Retrieved on 12 February 2009. 
  4. Maple Leafs trim training camp roster. Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-09-19). Retrieved on 2009-09-19.
  5. Panthers sign RW Bill Thomas and LW Triston Grant. Florida Panthers (2010-07-02). Retrieved on 2010-11-20.

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