AP Photo/Michael DwyerGoalie Tim Thomas was the last of the Bruins to shave off his playoff beard, doing so today for charity at Gillette's world shaving headquarters in South Boston. He did, however, keep his mustache.
"Everyone says I look 10 years younger, which my wife will be happy about,” Thomas told the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio shortly after the shave (listen to the interview HERE). I kept the mustache because my oldest daughter loves it. I'm ready for the awards in Vegas on Wednesday."
Thomas, who is likely to secure his second Vezina Trophy at the NHL awards ceremony on Wednesday night, also said he thought this Cup victory would inspire a generation of Bostonians to play and watch hockey.
"I'm so happy for the city,” Thomas said. "I've been here a long time. I've been here where there was 9,000 fans at a home-opening game here 5 or 6 years ago. I was always told that Boston is a hockey city. I know there are these other sports and the fans love them too.
“Because of the ‘70 and ‘72 championships there's a whole generation of people that are huge hockey fans. Over the past few years I’ve seen it grow. It went from not seeming to be all that popular to all of a sudden I started to see the kids out in the street with the hockey nets playing hockey all the time because we were getting better. Now that we won the championship, hopefully we can develop a whole other generation of hockey fans and hockey players.
“The Bruins won the championship in ‘70 and ‘72. On the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team about half of them were from the Boston area and I think that was a result of those Bruins championships. Hopefully with us winning the Stanley Cup this year it inspires a whole new generation of kids to play hockey. We might be seeing the benefits in some Olympic games 10 or 15 years from now."
To see the transformation, check out the video below: