January 18, 2018

Unknown Canadians: Christian Thomas

At 25 years old, Christian Thomas is the youngest member of Team Canada's 2018 Olympic hockey team.

That seems like a funny thing to say in this era where youth rules. But Canada is going with a very veteran team.

Thomas plays with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season. Since turning pro in 2011 he has played in 27 NHL games, mostly with Montreal.

Thomas is perhaps most famous for being the son of former NHL star Steve "Stumpy" Thomas.

Thomas left the AHL mid-season to represent Canada at the pre-Olympic Karjala Cup and Spengler Cup tournaments, where he impressed with his hard work.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Thomas said. “I think I laid it all on the ice in these last two tournaments, and I thought I had a good chance (to make the team). Hearing this is, it’s unbelievable.”

Thomas, who was once traded in junior for John Tavares, describes the Olympics as "a dream come true."

He is small but is an excellent skater with a nose for the net.

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