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Tim Thomas Returns to the Ice

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MIAMI, Fl. -

A refreshed and rejuvenated Tim Thomas returned to NHL ice Tuesday morning, writing a new chapter in his epic novel of a career.  

"It was great to be on the ice with NHL level talent and competing with those guys," Thomas said.   "I'm very happy with how the first day went." 

Thomas agreed to a professional tryout with the Panthers on Monday, fifteen months after announcing he was taking the 2012-2013 season off to focus on friends, family and faith. 

"Unfortunately I didn't get to see as many friends as I would want to, Thomas said.  "I tried to spend as much time as I could with my kids."

The 39 year old former Catamount stayed away from watching or reading stories in the media the last year and didn't really watch a lot of hockey until the playoffs.  It was the Boston Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Finals that got Thomas' competitive juices flowing.  

"I was so proud of those guys for what they did and what they accomplished last year," Thomas said.

Thomas will continue to work out with the Panthers.  If he impresses management, he will sign a contract with the potential to be starting goaltender on opening night.

 Video Courtesy of TSN

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