smal(lish) wonder

 (Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)

Small(ish) Wonder: Tiny Thompson kept his pads in a box when they weren’t on his legs, the same pads he wore his whole professional career, starting in Duluth in 1924 up until he retired as a Detroit Red Wing at 35 in 1940. Cecil was the name he was given when he was born, in Sandon, B.C. He’d grown to 5’10” by the time he was playing in Boston’s nets, which he did for most of his career, winning the Vézina Trophy four times. He’d stopped 100,000 pucks by the time he boxed up his pads for good; that was his guess. At that time, he was also the lone NHL goalie to have been credited with an assist. “Never make a move,” he advised, “until the man with the puck has made his. There is no place for guesswork in goaltending.”

(Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)