Bruins' Thomas to take a year off

June 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

BOSTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas Sunday confirmed speculation he will take a year off from hockey.

Reports surfaced Friday that Thomas was considering taking a break from the game, and Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the netminder was considering not playing in the 2012-13 season.

Thomas made it official was a Facebook post Sunday.

"From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player," he wrote. "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 single-minded 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."

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