HAPPY NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!! Today we salute Boston Bruins goaltender, Tim Thomas. Personally, my favorite kind of beard is the playoff beard, it symbolizes the championship these men strive for and each added length of beard weighs on them heavier and heavier just as their quest for victory becomes heavier and heavier. And to this, Tim Thomas is no exception. The man never really had it easy, lets start from the beginning shall we? The man was born in Flint, Michigan, that is one hell of a red flag right there!! For those of you who don’t know, Flint is awful, it is notoriously know as one of the most dangerous, violent and crime-ridden cities in the country. On top of that throughout Tim Thomas’ 15 year career he has played in 6 different professional leagues (2 overseas) with 9 different teams. From 1997 to 2005 he had been shipped up and traded more times than one would consider comforting and yet he stuck with it the whole way. In 2005 at the age of 31 he finally landed a permanent job in Boston and his career has more than flourished since then. I feel most people in Tim’s situation would have given up after getting shipped around so much, but not Mr. Thomas, he stuck with it because he strived to be a champion since day 1. That’s why I love this guy’s beard so much, as I said earlier, player’s carry the weight of their playoff experience in their beards but Tim carried so much more in his. He carried all those years of been pushed aside and written off, to prove to everyone that he was the best. Most guys don’t develop to their career peaks a the age of 37 but then again Timmy Thomas isn’t most guys. Last year Tim Thomas and the Bruins won the Stanley Cup after a grueling cup run that included three, 7 game series. Tim Thomas ended up getting his cup along with the Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP) and the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender in the NHL). His beard very well could be the reason for Tim Thomas’ success in the 2011, but I’ll let you be the judge. Tim Thomas’ beard symbolizes perseverance in the face of doubt and from one Michigander to another, I’d like to tell you that we salute you!