Prior to Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas posting his current Facebook message explaining why, at 38 and healthy, he has chosen to take a year off from the National Hockey League, he had put up this message on Saturday:
“See why hockey’s just not that important right now?” he wrote, followed by links to a pair articles speculating on a global banking collapse and worldwide economic shock.
One piece, published on June 2, is featured on conservative news site The Blaze and is titled “Former hedge funder’s fearful forecast: We’re looking at ‘the biggest economic shock the world has even seen’ & there’s nothing we can do to stop.”
The second article explaining why hockey isn’t important is titled “ ‘Beware a rerun of the Great Panic of 2008’: Head of World Bank warns Europe is heading for ‘danger zone’ as the world markets suffer bleakest day of the year so far.” The piece was published on June 1 on the U.K.-based Daily Mail’s popular website.
Thomas’s original economic crisis posts were bumped down on Sunday in favour of this message, which focuses on friends, family and faith:
From the earliest age I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a hockey player. I’ve been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s.
Friends, Family, and Faith.
This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.
On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system www.ultrafitevosport.com and work with G-Form www.g-form.com in the development of protective equipment.
What does this portend for the future?
We’ll see….God’s will be done.
Although some of the fans posting on Thomas’s Facebook page have been critical of the two-time Vezina Trophy winner’s decision, the vast majority have responded with applause for his career and his bold decision to put other priorities ahead of hockey.