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GreenCat
05-26-2011, 01:38 PM
Some vintage Cats video courtesy of NESN:
http://www.nesn.com/2011/05/tim-thomas-martin-st-louis-reflect-on-remarkable-season-at-uvm.html

GaryH
05-28-2011, 11:56 PM
A nice handshake and hug between Tim Thomas and Martin St. Louis ... :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ax_qfn-GCE&NR=1

Big Papa
05-29-2011, 11:56 AM
Cool. Vermont is known for its Maple Syrup and its hockey players. Both great!

jcarter7669
06-01-2011, 11:35 AM
Leonard named captain for the 2011-2012 season

observer85
06-01-2011, 08:04 PM
Leonard named captain for the 2011-2012 season

It is the right call. Oldest player on the team, most mature, hardest worker, someone who does more with less god given attributes. Can not measure a kid's heart....

Cat lover
06-02-2011, 06:01 AM
I figured he would have a "A" and that Mckenzie would have the "C". Hope this means they wanted Brett more and that the other didnt fly the coup. We will wait to see who has the
"A"s.


Full story below

BURLINGTON, Vt. – University of Vermont head men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon has announced that fifth-year senior Brett Leonard has been named team captain for the 2011-12 season.

"It is my absolute pleasure to name Brett Leonard as our team captain for the 2011-12 season," said Sneddon. "In doing so, I reflect back on Brett's time at the University of Vermont where he worked his way from being a non-dressed player to leading next year's team. He did this through hard work, a positive attitude, and improving in all areas of his game."

"There is no other student-athlete within our program who has given back to the community in so many positive ways. He is an example of what it means to be a Catamount hockey player: family, accountable, selfless, and tough, a true 'Brother of the Gut'. We are all very optimistic that we can make major improvements from last season's disappointment. There is no doubt in my mind that Brett will help our program get back to competing on a national level," continued Sneddon.

Leonard has led by example on and off the ice in during his career at Vermont. He enters his final season having registered 13 points (2g, 11a) in 66 career games.

Leonard, a forward, did not see any game action in 2008-09, but continued working hard and was named the team's most improved player following the 2009-10 campaign. He played in 23 games and recorded four points on a pair of goals and assists.

In 2010-11, Leonard played in all 36 games, dishing out nine assists for nine points. He recorded his first career multi-point game with a pair of helpers in a 6-5 victory over No. 19 Dartmouth.

Following the season, Leonard was honored with the Mike Gilligan Award, given annually to the player who distinguishes himself through leadership on and off the ice and through community service.

In the community, the South Burlington native had the team autograph a stick that was donated to raise money for a high school friend that was involved in a serious automobile accident. Leonard was a guest speaker at the Tilton School (the prep school he attended before coming to UVM) to talk to the hockey team about the college process. He was also a guest reader at the Shelburne Community School for National Reading Day and participated in the Teddy Bear Toss.

jcarter7669
06-02-2011, 06:09 AM
I figured he would have a "A" and that Mckenzie would have the "C". Hope this means they wanted Brett more and that the other didnt fly the coup. We will wait to see who has the
"A"s.


I agree, that was my thought. I was mildly surprised. Leonard deserves it, but I really thought Mackenzie would end up with it.

I don't see Mackenzie leaving early. He had a good season and is one of, if not the best defensman on the team, but I he will benefit from another year. Hopefully anyways.

GreenCat
06-02-2011, 12:58 PM
I agree, that was my thought. I was mildly surprised. Leonard deserves it, but I really thought Mackenzie would end up with it.

I don't see Mackenzie leaving early. He had a good season and is one of, if not the best defensman on the team, but I he will benefit from another year. Hopefully anyways.

Is it player chosen or coach chosen for both C and A? The sports I played it was always player but the coach "counted" the ballots....That's high school mind you.

jcarter7669
06-02-2011, 01:07 PM
Is it player chosen or coach chosen for both C and A? The sports I played it was always player but the coach "counted" the ballots....That's high school mind you.

I believe it is player chosen.

VermontFan
06-03-2011, 09:24 AM
Below is an interview with Mike Paliotta on the McKeens site:

http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1218782

The following comment caught my eye, hopefully he is drafted by a team that values the college game:


McKeen's: It hasn't been entirely uncommon for prospects of your caliber after they're drafted to get a little bit of pressure to go the major junior route, and your rights are held by Saint John's. Do you anticipate any pressure to potentially go the major junior route and is it something you would consider?

Paliotta: I expect a little bit of pressure, probably, after the draft, maybe depending on where I go and little things like that. But, I'm really comfortable with the staff at Vermont and what they want to do with me as a player. I think they're really interested in turning me into a real good prospect for the NHL, and that's what I'm really interested in. Yeah, depending on the team that drafts me, if I get drafted, just where they want me to be playing. Obviously, you have to take that into consideration. But, as of right now, I'm just really looking forward to getting started at Vermont next year.



Also, there have been a lot of mock drafts on the internet, that project that he will be drafted as high as 65(early 3rd round) and as low as the early 100s (4th round). Here is one of the more complementary write-ups on him:

http://hockeyspy.blogspot.com/2011/05/e-macs-2011-nhl-entry-draft-top-120_5344.html

On the schedules thread, they have determined the 4th competitor in the Catamount Cup, it will be Ferris State. We are playing Ferris State the first night, and Lake Superior to close it out. The other team in the tournament is RIT. Not the best field we've seen in the tournament.

jcarter7669
06-03-2011, 11:25 AM
Below is an interview with Mike Paliotta on the McKeens site:

http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1218782

The following comment caught my eye, hopefully he is drafted by a team that values the college game:



Also, there have been a lot of mock drafts on the internet, that project that he will be drafted as high as 65(early 3rd round) and as low as the early 100s (4th round). Here is one of the more complementary write-ups on him:

http://hockeyspy.blogspot.com/2011/05/e-macs-2011-nhl-entry-draft-top-120_5344.html

On the schedules thread, they have determined the 4th competitor in the Catamount Cup, it will be Ferris State. We are playing Ferris State the first night, and Lake Superior to close it out. The other team in the tournament is RIT. Not the best field we've seen in the tournament.

Sounds to me like, he isn't there yet and will in all likelihood end up at the GUTT for at least a few years. He maybe a flight risk down the road, but I think he shows up and that's just something Cat fans are going to have to get used to if we want the top recruits. Unfortunate but a reality nonetheless.

Regarding the Catamount Cup, it's a meh field. Ok, not the strongest, but really past few years there seems to be one decent team with two mid tier teams. I think this is close to being on par.

RockTheWhit
06-04-2011, 02:42 PM
Connor Brickley was drafted in the 7th round in today's QMJHL Draft by Saint John, a team with a lot of resources. Is there any reason to believe there's anything to this? The draft is all 94's and 95's, and Brickley is a 92.

jcarter7669
06-04-2011, 06:51 PM
Connor Brickley was drafted in the 7th round in today's QMJHL Draft by Saint John, a team with a lot of resources. Is there any reason to believe there's anything to this? The draft is all 94's and 95's, and Brickley is a 92.

I thought he had a decent year last year. He could have been a little more offensive but he put up decent freshman numbers. I can't see him leaving, he has already been drafted and Sneddon will develop him.

VermontFan
06-05-2011, 11:27 AM
Connor was originally drafted by the Lewiston team two years ago, a team that has now disbanded, so he was entered back into the player pool. Hopefully St. John just took a chance with a mid-round pick, hoping he might report without any solid information. He would be a huge loss for the program, he will develop into a great player for us.

There was some good news yesterday, Anthony De Luca, a '13/'14 recruit, wasn't picked at all after being ranked as the 7th best player in the draft. He obviously made his intentions clear to the league that he wasn't going to report if drafted.

It is great that we have been able to attract top-tier recruits like Brickley, Paliotta, and Girgensons...but the attention they get from other leagues/teams sure does make things interesting.

4035
06-15-2011, 10:42 AM
From UVM Athletics - SOOOO GOOD FOR THE PROGRAM.

Former Catamount Tim Thomas Leads Bruins into Game 7 of Stanley Cup Finals Tonight

Former UVM men's hockey standout Tim Thomas '97 leads the Boston Bruins into tonight's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks. The game, which will be played in Vancouver, begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on NBC and CBC.

Thomas, a favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals, has allowed eight goals in six games against the Canucks. He has been regularly touted in the media for his excellent play.

Below is a list of related links to articles about Thomas, his teammates and the series.

And, one did you know fact: Thomas stands alone as the only Final starting goaltender in Stanley Cup history to play four years at the varsity level in college.

- With Game 7 win, Thomas can pull off NCAA rarity, June 15 - Bob Snow, NHL.com
- Home or away, a series like no other, June 15 - Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
- Vermonters adpot Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, June 15 - Ted Ryan, Burlington Free Press
- Top-10 Tim Thomas Saves, June 9 - TSN
- Tim Thomas and the Top-10 All-or-Nothing Goaltenders, June 8 - Bleacher Report
- Plenty of stops for this goalie, June 5 - Boston Globe
- Spotlight is on Tim Thomas, June 1 - The Province
- College alums pursue Stanley Cup, May 31 - CollegeHockeyInc.com
- Former college players well represented in Finals, May 31 - NHL.com
- Tim Thomas: Road Less Travelled, May 30 - Toronto Sports Magazine
- Tim Thomas' road to the Final was a long one, May 28 - NHL.com
- Thomas' dream about Game 7 winner became reality, May 28 - NHL.com
- Thomas savors the moment, May 28 - Boston Globe
- Tim Thomas keeps dream alive, May 28 - Boston Herald
- Leadership more than a 'C' for St. Louis, May 27 - ESPN.com
- The Unsinkable Spirit of Martin St. Louis, May 27 - The Post Game
- Tim Thomas' story too good, May 25 - Boston Herald
- For Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas, a long road to stardom started in Vermont, Sporting News - May 18
- Martin St. Louis, Tim Thomas and the Best Active College Grads Power Ranking, Bleacher Report - May 18
- School Ties, TSN - May 17
- Final four trademark? Resilency, Ottawa Sun - May 14
- Reunion of two Green Mountain Boys, Boston Herald - May 14
- Eastern Conference finals mark reunion for college teammates, NBCSports.com - May 14
- Hockey Night In Canada feature on Tim Thomas and Martin St. Louis, Hockey Night In Canada - May 14
- Thomas makes career of beating odds, ESPN.com May 13
- Tim Thomas pre-series media Q&A, FoxNews.com May 13
- Happy days are here again for Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas, Globe and Mail - May 13
- Thomas, Roloson took roads less traveled, Comcast Sportsnet New England - May 11
- New England roots run deep for Bruins, Lightning, NHL.com - May 10
- Lightning's Marty St. Louis, Bruins' Tim Thomas cut from same cloth, St. Petersburg Times - May 11
- Bolts' St. Louis, Bruins' Thomas are old friends, new rivals, Tampa Bay Tribune - May 12
- Two 'Cats ... but only one Cup, Salem (Mass.) News - May 12
- CatamounTV: Teammates St. Louis vs. Thomas

TonyTheTiger20
06-16-2011, 01:17 AM
I love you all. Even jcarter. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for Tim Thomas.

That is all.

4035
06-16-2011, 11:29 AM
Thomas Leads Bruins to Stanley Cup Title; Earns Conn Smythe Trophy
6/16/2011 | Men's Ice Hockey

VANCOUVER Former Vermont Catamount Tim Thomas '97 became the fifth Catamount to get his name etched onto the Stanley Cup on Wednesday when the Boston Bruins captured the 2011 Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Finals at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Thomas, who became the first goalie in NHL history to win a Game 7 with a shutout on the road, was also named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

Thomas, who made 37 stops in Game 7, finished the playoffs with a record of 16-9. He posted four shutouts, a .940 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average.

In the Stanley Cup Finals series versus the Canucks, Thomas posted a 1.15 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage, the lowest total in each category in the modern era among goaltenders with at least five appearances.

The Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years and the second time in franshise history.

Thomas' list of accomplishments throughout the 2010-11 season are staggering:
* only Final starting goaltender in Stanley Cup Finals history to play four years at varsity level in college
* joins Ken Dryden (Canadiens) as one of two former NCAA players to win the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy
* set new regular season save percentage mark of .938, eclipsing Dominik Hasek's .937.
* second American-born player to be named playoff MVP after New York Rangers defensemen Brian Leetch in 1994
* set NHL record for most saves in one playoff year (798)
* set NHL record for most shots faced in one playoff year (849)
* set NHL record for most saves in a Stanley Cup Final (238)
* fourth all-time for most shots faced in a Stanley Cup Final (246)
* finished with an 11-1 record when facing 35 or more shots
* led all NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (1.98) and save percentage (.940) and shared lead in shutouts (four) in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
* became the first goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout on the road in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final
* posted a 1.15 goals-against average in the Stanley Cup Final, the lowest in the modern era among goaltenders with at least five appearances
* posted a .967 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final, third all-time and tops among goaltenders with at least five appearances
* became the 13th goaltender since 1927 to post multiple shutouts in the Stanley Cup Final (two)
* made 52 saves on 54 shots in the Bruins 3-2 win at Philadelphia in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal
* stopped all 24 shots in posting a 1-0 shutout victory over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final
* posted the first shutout by a Bruins goaltender in the Stanley Cup Final since May 18, 1978, when Gerry Cheevers made 16 saves to blank Montreal 4-0 in Game 3 at Boston Garden (Game 3)

Thomas, who is a favorite to win the Vezina Trophy for the second time in his career, could join Bernie Parent as the only goaltender in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Vezina in the same season. Parent achieved the feat in back-to-back years in 1973-74 and 1974-75 while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. Thomas won the Vezina, which is given to the league's best goaltender, in 2008-09. The NHL awards will be announced on June 22 in Las Vegas.

CATAMOUNTS AND THE STANLEY CUP
Thomas is the fifth Vermont Catamount to have their name on the Stanley Cup, joining:
Tim Thomas '97, Boston Bruins 2011
Patrick Sharp '02, Chicago Blackhaws 2010
Martin St. Louis '97, Tampa Bay Lightning 2004
Eric Perrin '97, Tampa Bay Lightning 2004
John LeClair '91, Montreal Canadiens 1993

OTHER UVM NOTES FROM THE 2010-11 NHL SEASON
* Sharp, St. Louis and Thomas were all selected as NHL All-Stars
* Sharp was named the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game
* St. Louis is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player that displays sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, and the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to most valuable player to his team
* Thomas is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the most outstanding goaltender

chickod
06-16-2011, 12:32 PM
Congratulations to the UVM Cats and Tim Thomas!!!!!!

Cat lover
06-16-2011, 03:38 PM
Congrats Timmy and all the Bruins

Looks like my sig needs to add a few more awards

UVM Cat in Texas
06-16-2011, 05:35 PM
Yeah, and you add the Conn Smythe trophy. Can't be too many college players who've won that.