Today marks two very important birthdays for the Boston Bruins as goaltender Tim Thomas and forward Daniel Paille each celebrate the day they entered this world. Unfortunately the both of them had to spend the day en route to Washington and gear up to face the Capitals in game 3 Monday night. Paille is probably trying to figure out if he is going to be participating in the on ice action or watching from the stands as he is one of the rotating forwards that acts as a healthy scratch with Jordan Caron and Shawn Thornton. For Thomas, it is trying to dodge the constant questions regarding his return to Washington and his feelings/thoughts about the White House. What a non-stressful birthday right?
However, despite the current situation the two may be facing, we all know the Bruins can be quite the party boys. (Granted, I don’t believe they will be running up a $500,000 bar tab, but I’m sure there will be some celebration for the two.)
Thomas is a Michigan native who was born on this day in 1974, he played college hockey for the University of Vermont for four years, from 1993–1997, during which he was drafted 217th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the minior leagues and in Europe before finally being drafted to the Boston Bruins at age 28. Since then he has become a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, the Conn Smythe Trophy, along with the Stanley Cup in the 2011 season. Not bad for a late bloomer.
On the other hand we have Daniel Paille, born ten years later than Thomas, who is an Ontario native and been playing in the League since 2002 when he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. He was a member of Team Canada for the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the Team Canada captain for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver medals in both tournaments. He scored his first gal in January of 2006 against the L.A. Kings and didn’t become a Bruin until 2009, in turn for a conditional third round draft pick. Since being with Boston he has posted 25 goals and 22 assists in 196 games played.
Happy Birthday gentlemen and Good Luck tomorrow!