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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Jim Thomson
Selected in ninth round
No. 185 overall by Washington Capitals

Born December 30, 1965
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6-0   Weight: 180
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Toronto (OHL)                                 
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Winterburn, Alberta
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1980-81 MarkhamMTJHL 30 11 0
1981-82 DevonAlb. AAA 5560 56116 72
1982-83 MarkhamMTJHL 356 713 81
  TorontoOHL 140 00 9
1983-84 TorontoOHL 6010 1828 68
NHL CAREER
Debut: November 22, 1986 (Pittsburgh at Washington)
Numbers:  37, 29 (Washington); 18 (Hartford); 25 (New Jersey);
19, 17, 25 (Los Angeles); 33 (Ottawa); 33 (Anaheim)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 1995
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1986-1993 Washington, Hart., N.J.,
L.A., Ottawa, Anaheim
115 43 7416
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1993 Los Angeles1 00 00

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
1992-93:
Played on Ottawa Senators expansion team. Also played on Los Angeles team that went to Stanley Cup finals, but did not appear in Stanley Cup Finals series vs. Montreal.
Broadcasting Career: Served as co-host of Anaheim post-game radio show while he was injured during 1993-94 season.
1993-94: Played on first Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team.
Miscellaneous: Became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 1990, after New Jersey declined to pick up his option for the 1990-91 season, which was part of the contract he had signed with Hartford in August 1989. He signed with Los Angeles on July 11, 1990. ... Left unprotected by Los Angeles for 1991 NHL Expansion Draft. He was claimed by Minnesota on May 30, 1991, but never played for parent team because he was traded to Los Angeles just three weeks later. ... Missed part of 1991-92 season with sprained right elbow, an injury suffered during Los Angeles' Nov. 12, 1991, game at Vancouver. He did not return to action until Los Angeles' Nov. 26, 1991, game vs. Toronto. ... Left unprotected by Los Angeles for 1992 NHL Expansion Draft. He was claimed by Ottawa on June 18, 1992 and then traded back to Los Angeles six months later. ... Left unprotected by Los Angeles for 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. He was claimed by Anaheim on June 24, 1993. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sprained right shoulder, suffered during Anaheim's Oct. 10, 1993, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until Anaheim's Oct. 23, 1993, game at Montreal. ... Missed remainder of 1993-94 season and entire 1995 season with re-aggravation of right shoulder injury, suffered during Anaheim's Dec. 2, 1993, game at Los Angeles. The injury required season-ending reconstructive surgery on Dec. 26, 1993. He was never able to return from the surgery and had to retire at age 29 after signing a termination contract with Anaheim in July 1995.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Toronto (OHL); Binghamton (AHL); Baltimore (AHL); Utica (AHL); New Haven (AHL); Phoenix (IHL)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
AHL Penalty-Minutes Leader:
1986-87 (Binghamton) (360 PIM)
1984-85: Played four games for AHL regular-season champ (Bing.).
Coaching Career: Named Anaheim (RHI, InLine league) head coach on March 31, 1999, and remained in that position until May 5, 1999.
Management Career: Named Anaheim (RHI, InLine league) vice-president of hockey operations on March 31, 1999, and held position until May 5, 1999. ... Named Anaheim (RHI, InLine league) general manager on May 5, 1999, and held position through 1999 season.
Miscellaneous: Missed remainder of 1990-91 season with broken foot, an injury suffered during New Haven's AHL game vs. Halifax on Jan. 19, 1991. ... Owned racehorse that competed in Alberta during NHL playing days. ... Founded Energy Performance Hockey, later renamed Jim Thomson's Powerhouse Hockey school, in Thornhill, Ontario, after his retirement.
Personal: Full name is James B. Thomson.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Washington traded Thomson to Hartford in exchange for Scot Kleinendorst on March 6, 1989.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
Picks Traded: 39
 
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