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Signed as a free agent by Toronto in 1984, “Stumpy” alternated between the AHL and the Maple Leafs for a season before moving up for good and scoring 57 points in 65 games. The following year, he scored 35 goals before being traded to Chicago. Thomas struggled through two injury-plagued season before scoring 40 goals in 1989-1990. He then joined the New York Islanders in 1991 and set a career-high mark of 42 goals in 1994. In 1995, he joined the New Jersey Devils for three seasons before resigning with Toronto. Moving back to Chicago for a season and a half, he was traded to the Anaheim in 2003 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals. The lockout forced him to retirement. He later became the Assistant/Mentor Coach for the St. Michael’s Buzzers, a Jr. A team in Toronto. In the summer of 2012, Thomas was named player development consultant for the Tampa Bay Lightning and later became their assistant coach.