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Robert Thomas no stranger to success

St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas continues to build his hockey resume after nearly a season in the National Hockey League.

The Blues have made an incredible run this season after being in the NHL’s basement on December 3rd, as they are now playing the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. With his assist and nearly 10 minutes of ice-time in the Blues’ 5-1 win over San Jose in game 6 of the Western Conference Final, Thomas officially became the first player in history to play in the Stanley Cup Finals the season following an OHL Championship.

But that’s not all the 19-year-old Ontario native has to offer.

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Thomas was part of a strong London Knights squad who took home the Memorial Cup and Team Canada’s Under-17 team that took home gold at the World Championships. It was doubly as impressive as these accomplishments were both earned during the 2015-2016 season. By the end of the following season, the St. Louis Blues selected Thomas in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2017 NHL draft.

In his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League he put up just 15 points in 40 games; however, he heated up in the following seasons with more consistent ice time. He put up 66 points in 66 games in his second season with the Knights. This was a good performance leading into his NHL draft and was a key factor in his final position at 20th overall. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, the Knights named Thomas captain as selected by his fellow teammates.

The honors just kept coming, as Thomas joined a strong Canadian team who took home gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY. Thomas had one goal and five assists for six overall points in the seven games it took Team Canada to bring home their 17th gold medal in team history. The Blues draft pick scored his first and only goal of the tournament, the eventual game-winner, in an 8-0 win over Denmark following Canada’s disappointing loss to the United States in the preliminary round.

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Shortly after the completion of the World Junior tournament, the Hamilton Bulldogs acquired Thomas in a trade that sent 2001-born forward Connor McMichael and five draft picks to the Knights. This trade made it clear that the Bulldogs would be giving the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the number one team in the CHL at the time, a run for their money come playoff time. Thomas put up 29 points in 22 regular season games for the Bulldogs, for a total of 75 points in 49 games in the 2017-2018 season. He was nearly unstoppable in the playoffs, tallying 12 goals and 32 points in 21 games. This outstanding performance earned him the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as playoff MVP, a second J. Ross Robertson Cup, and a chance at being a two-time Memorial Cup winner. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost in the semi-final to the host Regina Pats, but they made an unforgettable run and Thomas was a key piece in that puzzle.

With the Blues reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in nearly 50 years, Thomas has the opportunity to continue to add to his already staggering resume all before his 20th birthday.