Davison celebrates hometown hockey hereo Tim Thomas

DAVISON, Mich. (WXYZ) - One of the Stanley Cup stars is Tim Thomas, the Bruins' goalie who won the Conn Smythe MVP trophy.

He grew up in Davison, near Flint, and he was honored today in Congress by Representative Dale Kildee of Michigan. People in Davison are also celebrating their hometown hero.

Thomas's uncle Bill says, "He's been exciting all year long. Somebody says he's the best goalie in the world, and I think so. I'm just so proud of him."

He also says he knew early on that his nephew was special. "I went and I watched him and I believe he was 5-years-old and it appeared he did the pirouette, he did the leg kick and the butterfly. you could tell right then before he even got in the game that he was way heads above anyone else you'd watch in the little leagues."

And he kept it all going to the NHL and with his cup win, he has even converted some of these die hard Red Wing fans.

Davison's Mayor Tim Bishop says, "This is total Red Wings town, but as soon as they were out of the playoffs, you noticed the switch over to rooting for the hometown guy."

As the Bruins went along the folks in Davison really got behind their hometown goal keeper, and he got behind them too.

Bishop says, "There have been a lot of people watching for the last few weeks as he's got to the end result here, being on top of hockey world really lifts the town up as well."

He also says that "at his convenience or whenever he can, there will be a parade right through downtown here with him and for him."

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