Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rhys Thomson
Rhys Thomson was a big, sturdy defenseman who played his junior hockey with the Toronto Young Rangers. In 1938, after three solid junior campaigns, Thomson was signed by the Montreal Canadiens and made his debut with 7 games during the 1939-40 season. Rhys was traded to the New York Americans at the end of that season and although he did not play a game with the franchise, was part of the team's dispersal when operations were suspended following the 1941-42 season. Thomson returned to Toronto where his rights were picked up by the hometown Maple Leafs. That season, 1942-43, Rhys split the season between the AHL's Providence Reds and the Maple Leafs of the NHL, playing 18 games with the reigning Stanley Cup champions. After being released , Rhys's hockey career continued in the senior hockey ranks, interrupted by military service in 1944.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 9 3 2 5 20 2 0 0 0 2
1936-37 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 11 1 2 3 13 3 0 0 0 2
1937-38 Toronto Young Rangers OHA-Jr. 9 5 2 7 13 3 2 1 3 8
1938-39 New Haven Eagles IAHL 19 1 3 4 6
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 16
1939-40 New Haven Eagles IAHL 18 0 1 1 10
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 51 3 7 10 30
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 50 1 15 16 39
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 0 2 2 22
1942-43 Providence Reds AHL 23 2 12 14 48 2 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Kingston Army OHA-Sr. 2 0 0 0 4
1943-44 Petawawa Grenades UOVHL 5 1 6 7 17
1944-45 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 2 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Toronto Army Daggers TNDHL 2 2 1 3 2
1944-45 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 18 2 5 7 26 1 0 2 2 2
1945-46 Toronto Staffords TIHL 14 2 2 4 19 10 2 0 2 8
NHL Totals 25 0 2 2 38


Signed as a free agent by Montreal (New Haven - IAHL), January 18, 1939. Traded to NY Americans (Springfield-AHL) by Montreal for cash, October, 1940. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season. Rights transferred to Toronto from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draw, September 11, 1942.
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