Former Boston Bruin and Genesee County High School Hockey League player Tim Thomas is finally getting his kudos. The NHL goalie that grew up in Davison, and is the oldest player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Thomas, who led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 201,  has basically avoided the spotlight since walking away from hockey in 2014. He made headlines when he refused  to visit then-President Barack Obama at the White House along with his team. Since walking away from hockey all together in 2014 little has been heard from Thomas.

When asked about the honor and his life now after hearing of the election to the U.S. Hall of Fame, Thomas told the Boston Gobe,“My focus and mind is on learning about other stuff. I learned so much about hockey and that area,” he said. “I feel like I’ve learned as much as I needed to learn about it.”  He went on to say when asked if he would return to Boston for a celebration, “I have other interests. II have a totally other focus. I live in a totally different world than the hockey world that I lived in before. I live a long ways away from Boston, and it’s not that fun for me to travel anymore."

Thomas had nine seasons in the NHL playing for Boston, Florida and Dallas. He was honored here at home last year when he was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame. He will join the rest of the class of 2019 when they are  inducted December 12th in Washington, D.C.