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Christian Thomas
Christianthomas
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
165 lb (75 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
New York Rangers
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Born May 26 1992 (1992-05-26) (age 24),
Toronto, Ontario, CAN
NHL Draft 40th overall, 2010
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2008 – present


Christian Thomas (born May 26, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario) is an ice hockey player for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). His father, Steve Thomas played ice hockey in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Detroit Red Wings, and in the OHL for the Toronto Marlboros.[1][2] Christian Thomas was drafted 40th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[1][3][4] He signed a professional contract with the Rangers on May 19, 2011.[5]

Junior hockey careerEdit

Thomas started his junior hockey career with the OHL London Knights in 2008 as the 13th overall selection in the OHL Priority Selection.[5] He was traded to the Generals in the middle of the season in a trade in which London received Michael Del Zotto, John Tavares and Daryl Borden.[5][6][7][8][9] During the 2008-09 season, Thomas scored four goals each for the Knights and the Generals.[9] In 2009-10, his second OHL season, Thomas scored 41 goals.[3][10] Tyler Seguin and Jeff Skinner were the only two 2010 first round draft picks to score more goals in junior hockey in 2009-10 than Thomas.[3] He also was credited with 25 assists, for a total of 66 points, leading Oshawa in both goals and points.[5][10] He had four shorthanded goals during the season, a new Oshawa franchise record.[5] He was named the Eastern Conference's most improved player in a post-season coaches poll, and was also in the top three in several other categories—best shot, hardest shot, most dangerous in goal area, and best stickhandler.[9][11]

In 2010-11, Christian Thomas finished second in the league with 54 goals and sixth in the league in scoring with 99 points, while also tying for the league lead in power play goals.[12][13][14] He also finished 5th in the league in game winning goals with nine.[15] 12 of his regular season goals came against the Kingston Frontenacs, Oshawa's first round playoff opponent.[16] He was named the OHL player of the week three times, including for the first week of the OHL playoffs.[17] At the time Oshawa was eliminated from the OHL playoffs, Thomas was leading the OHL in playoff scoring, and he ended up 7th overall in playoff points and 9th in playoff goals.[5] In the post-season coaches poll, he was named as having the OHL Eastern Conference's best shot and as "most dangerous in the goal area," after finishing as runner up in those categories the prior year.[18][19] He also repeated his runner-up status as having the conference's hardest shot.[18][19] Thomas' 95 goals over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons are more than any other OHL player over those two seasons.[5] As a result of Thomas scoring more than 50 goals in 2010-11, Steve and Christian Thomas became the first father son combination to each score 50 goals in a single OHL season.[4][20][21] Steve Thomas had scored 51 goals for the Marlboros in 1983-84.[2]

International careerEdit

Thomas represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships.[22][23] He had two goals and one assist in six games.[22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brooks, L. (June 27, 2010). Rangers Select Thomas, Son of Former Islanders & Devils Forward. New York Post. Retrieved on 2011-03-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steve Thomas. hockeydb.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Zipay, S. (June 26, 2010). Rangers select Steve Thomas' son, Christian, in second round. Newsday. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thomas' promise reflected in numbers. newyorkrangers.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Thomas agrees to first NHL contract. New York Rangers. Retrieved on 2011-05-20.
  6. Sager, N. (November 26, 2010). OHL: Mark Hunter willing to wear it for London Knights' tumble. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  7. Tavares dealt to London. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  8. McGourty, J. (June 21, 2010). Christian Thomas hoping to follow in dad's shoes. nhl.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-12.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Boylen, R. (December 23, 2010). Prospect Watch: Christian Thomas. The Hockey News. Retrieved on 2011-04-12.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Christian Thomas. hockeydb.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  11. OHL Announces 2009-10 Eastern Conference Coaches Poll Winners. hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  12. 2010-11 OHL Goal Leaders. Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  13. 2010-11 OHL Scoring Leaders. Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  14. 2010-11 OHL Power Play Goal Leaders. Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  15. 2010-11 OHL Game Winning Goal Leaders. Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  16. Graham, D.. Fronts paying plenty of attention to Generals star. Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  17. Thomas is OHL's best once again. Vancouver Sun (March 28, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  18. 18.0 18.1 IceDogs Lead the Way in Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. Niagra IceDogs (March 12, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Boys coming together at right time. The Oshawa Express (April 15, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  20. Zwolinski, M. (March 24, 2011). Generals’ Christian Thomas follows in father Steve’s 50-goal footsteps. Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2011-03-25.
  21. Nugent-Hopkins tops in WHL. Vancouver Sun (March 14, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-03-25.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Christian Thomas. CapGeek.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Player Statistics by Team: Canada. IIHF. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
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