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Tim Thomas Leaves Bruins To Focus On 'Friends, Family And Faith'

Boston Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas posted a message to his Facebook page indicating that he plans to spend the next year focusing on "Friends, Family, and Faith." Reports surfaced this week citing Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli, who indicated that Thomas was seriously considering not playing in the NHL next season, and this latest message would confirm that:

From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.

Friends, Family, and Faith.

This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

Thomas had an active weekend on Facebook, posting links that reinforced (in his mind) why hockey isn't that important right now.

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