Throughout his professional career, Thomas shared the locker room with Linglet, and with Jessiman.
As of today, KHL Medveščak Zagreb is fortified by yet another forward. American Bill Thomas has joined Zagreb’s club. Thomas, who has played 87 games in the NHL, 417 in the AHL, and 8 in the NLA throughout his professional career, will be debuting along with Zagreb’s Bears in the KHL.
“Bill Thomas is a two-way attacker, a forward who is equally useful in both the offensive and defensive zones. While in the AHL, he constantly scored around 20 goals, and has also played 87 games in the NHL, with 28 points under his belt. His experience will be of great benefit for the team, and I expect that he will be one of our top six forwards”, said Medveščak’s athletics director Aaron Fox.
Bill Thomas was born in 1983 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), and plays both right wing and center. Prior to playing for the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s school team, which competes in the NCAA, he developed his skills on teams that play in the U.S.’ top junior leagues; the NAHL’s Cleveland Barons, and the USHL’s Tri-City Storm. In the 2004/2005 season he debuted with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, playing 39 games and earning 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists), and was dubbed the NCAA rookie of the year. He carried on the following season with outstanding stats (41 games, 50 points), which opened the doors for his first professional contract and premiere in the NHL. On March 26th, 2006, he signed his name on a contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, with whom he played 40 games over three seasons (9 goals, 8 assists). Aside from the Coyotes, Thomas also played for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins (16 games, 3 pints) and the Florida Panthers (31 games, 8 points), the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage (204 games, 150 points), Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (51 games, 23 points), Springfield Falcons (33 games, 17 points), Rochester Americans (16 goals, 20 assists) and the Lake Erie Monsters (76 games, 43 points), and the NLA’s Lugano (8 games, 3 points). Throughout his professional career, Thomas shared the locker room with a few players who, like Bill, joined Medveščak this season. He played on the Falcons with Charles Linglet, and in Rochester and Florida with Hugh Jessiman.
As well as Bill Thomas, Medveščak has so far also signed goalie Mark Dekanich, defencemen Mark Popovic and Mark Katic, and forwards Mike Glumac, Hugh Jessiman, Charles Linglet and Ryan Vesce.