Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Thomas
Netminder Wayne Thomas made nearly 250 appearances for three different teams in the 1970s and '80s. He was a solid stand up goalie who was a workhorse in Montreal and Toronto during the mid-'70s.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Thomas played two years with the University of Wisconsin and was named to the WCHA second all-star team in 1970. The L.A. Kings prospect was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and spent parts of three years developing in the AHL. He made a few appearances late in the 1972-73 season when Ken Dryden was rested before the playoffs. The young netminder played 42 games for Montreal when Dryden left to study law but was never able to gain a stranglehold on the first string position.

After sitting out the 1974-75 season, Thomas was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He enjoyed his finest NHL season with 28 wins and selection to participate in the NHL all-star game. In 1976-77, Thomas struggled with his consistency and was superceded by rookie Mike Palmateer. He was placed on waivers at the start of the 1977-78 season and subsequently picked up by the New York Rangers. Thomas played four years with the Blueshirts before retiring in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1965-66 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A
1966-67 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A
1966-67 Morrisburg Combines Al-Cup 3 0 2 0 0 6.14
1967-68 University of Wisconsin WCHA
1968-69 University of Wisconsin WCHA 16 9 6 1 2 2.80
1969-70 University of Wisconsin WCHA 21 14 7 0 1 2.88 4 3 1 0 0 2.50
1970-71 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 33 8 17 6 1 3.57 3 0 3 0 0 4.02
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 41 22 8 10 1 2.51
1972-73 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 6 1 1.60
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 8 1 0 1 2.37
1973-74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 42 23 12 5 1 2.76
1974-75 Montreal Canadiens NHL
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 28 24 12 2 3.19 10 5 5 1 3.48
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 10 13 6 1 3.86 4 1 2 0 3.56
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 41 12 20 7 4 3.60 1 0 1 0 4.00
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 31 15 10 3 1 3.63
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 7 0 0 3.95
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 5 5 0 0 0 2.36
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 10 3 6 1 0 3.40
NHL Totals 243 103 93 34 10 3.33 15 6 8 1 3.53


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976) Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto with Brian Murphy and Gary Croteau for Grant Moore and Lou Deveault, September 30, 1968. Traded to Montreal by Los Angeles with Leon Rochefort and Gregg Boddy for Jack Norris, Larry Mickey and Lucien Grenier, May 22, 1970.
Recorded shutout (3-0) in NHL debut vs. Vancouver, January 14, 1973.
On active roster for entire 1974-75 season but did not play. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Toronto's 1st round pick (Peter Lee) in 1976 Amateur Draft, June 17, 1975. Claimed by NY Rangers from Toronto in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1977.
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