Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Thoms
Centre Bill Thoms played over 500 NHL games for three different clubs in the 1930s and '40s. He was a fine goal scorer who was equally proficient at creating chances for his linemates.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Thoms played junior with the West Toronto Nationals in 1929-30 followed by two years of senior with the Marlboros. He gained pro seasoning with the Syracuse Stars of the IAHL before playing most of the 1932-33 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thoms remained with the Leafs through most of the '30s. In February 1934, he participated in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game after the young star's career was ended in the notorious clash with Eddie Shore. In 1935-36, Thoms topped the NHL with 33 goals while playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Buzz Boll. That spring he led all playoff scorers with five assists while helping the club reach the finals. His fine year was recognized when he was voted on to the NHL second all-star team.

In December 1938, Thoms was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for Doc Romnes. He proved to be an excellent playmaker on his new club, especially in the 1940s. He was sent to the Boston Bruins in January 1945 and played 17 regular season games and one post-season match before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1928-29 Newmarket Redmen OHA-Jr.
1929-30 West Toronto Nationals OHA-Jr. 7 7 13 20 6 2 0 0 0 0
1929-30 West Toronto Nationals M-Cup 9 9 5 14 10
1930-31 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 10 11 2 13 4 3 0 0 0 2
1930-31 Toronto Eaton's TMHL 15 11 7 18 0 6 0 4 4 0
1931-32 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 20 16 6 22 26 2 1 0 1 0
1931-32 Syracuse Stars IHL 12 2 4 6 2
1931-32 Toronto Eaton's TMHL 6 4 4 8 0 2 4 1 5 0
1932-33 Syracuse Stars IHL 20 7 7 14 18
1932-33 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 3 9 12 15 9 1 1 2 4
1933-34 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 8 18 26 24 5 0 2 2 0
1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 9 13 22 15 7 2 0 2 0
1935-36 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 23 15 38 29 9 3 5 8 0
1936-37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 10 9 19 14 2 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 14 24 38 14 7 0 1 1 0
1938-39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 1 4 5 4
1938-39 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 36 6 11 17 16
1939-40 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 9 13 22 2 1 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 13 19 32 4
1941-42 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 15 30 45 4 3 0 1 1 0
1942-43 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 15 28 43 3
1943-44 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 3 5 8 2
1944-45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 21 2 6 8 8
1944-45 Boston Bruins NHL 17 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 2
1945/47
1947-48 Toronto Maher Jewels TIHL 26 4 16 20 10 3 2 0 2 7
NHL Totals 548 135 206 341 154 44 6 10 16 6


NHL Second All-Star Team (1936) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1934) Traded to Toronto by Syracuse (IHL) for Harold Darraugh, January 3, 1933. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Doc Romnes, December 8, 1938. Traded to Boston by Chicago for cash, January 14, 1945.
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