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February 02, 2018

Cy Thomas' Not So Happy Day

This is Cy Thomas. His son Trevor sent me this photo.


Thomas was a little known, well travelled player post-World War II. He played just 14 games in the NHL split between Chicago and Toronto in the 1947-48 season. He's probably best known as a footnote in one of the biggest trades in NHL history. Thomas a throw-in by Chicago in the Max Bentley deal that landed five regulars from Toronto. He didn't last in Toronto long. He was soon dispatched to a long, vagabond career in the minor leagues.

So why did Cy Thomas never pan out? The truth comes in the form of a letter son Trevor found in his father's trunk. Check this out, it's unbelievable! (click on the image to enlarge if necessary)



I don't image today's multi-million dollar players receive such letters nowadays, though they probably hear similar messages I'm sure.  What the letter doesn't mention, and son Trevor does, is that a broken wrist also affected his father's standing with the Leafs.

Cy Thomas's grandson Charley is a notable curler, winning world junior championships in 2006 and 2007. Olympic bobsleigh champion Kallie Humphreys is also a member of the family via marriage.

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