Friday, December 9, 2011

Floyd Thomson

This is Floyd Thomson's 1974 O Pee Chee hockey card.

Floyd Thomson, who inherited his father's nickname "White-Pine," played with the St. Louis Blues from 1971 though 1977. In that time he played in 411 games, scoring 56 goals and 97 assists for 153 points.

The 6'0" 190lb left winger took a most unusual route to the National Hockey League. In the summer of 1970 he travelled all the way to Johannesburg, South African of all places to play hockey in a summer league. When he returned to North America he impressed enough at the St. Louis Blues training camp to sign a minor league contract and played in Kansas City of the CHL.

Over the next five seasons Thomson was a regular player with the St. Louis Blues. He was a utility forward and penalty killer, applauded for giving 100% on every shift. Though his penalty minute totals do not suggest it, he was also not afraid to mix it up when necessary.

"He could muck the puck out of the corners. If there was any trouble he could look after that too," said teammate Gary Sabourin.

Thomson exited the NHL in 1977 but found a home with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL for the next five seasons. He served as team captain for three seasons, and helped his team win two league championships.


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