Wichita, KS (July 9th) - The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, learned today that goaltender Tim Boron has announced his retirement.
“I would like to thank all the players and coaches I have played with and for. The camaraderie that is formed in hockey is the glue that holds the game together,” commented Boron. “You all helped me become a better goalie and teammate, and even though we all part ways at season's end, I consider you all friends forever.”
Boron, 32, finishes a nine-year career that started in 2006-07 with the Colorado Eagles and ends this past season in Wichita. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 6-foot, 177-pound netminder finished tied for 14th in wins (20), seventh in minutes played (2,569) and 18th in saves (1,157). Boron played for the Thunder in 2008-09 and parts of the 2009-10 season before heading to the Mississippi RiverKings. He played the next four seasons in Rapid City, winning at least 20 games during three of those and put up an impressive 74-35-7 record with a goals against of 2.44 and a save percentage of .916 in 129 starts. He was nominated as a finalist for Most Outstanding Goalie two seasons ago in the CHL as his goals against average (2.45) was best among all goaltenders while finishing second in wins (30), fifth in saves (1,254) and save percentage (.915). In the league's annual Best-of-the-Best poll, Boron was named Best Goaltender in Shootouts. He won six times with games finishing in penalty shots, stopping 43-of-47 (.915 SOS%).
“Thank you to all the organizations as well as the great fans, boosters and friends I have met along the way. Everyone in Colorado, Las Vegas, Stockton, Mississippi, Rapid City and Wichita were great hosts to me and my wife. You took care of us players, made us comfortable and made our new homes feel a little more like home.”
Boron played a three-year career at St. Cloud State University before turning pro with Colorado. He collected three shutouts during the playoff run, which was a CHL record. Boron still holds that record for most saves in a single game, stopping 68 of 70 shots on May 5th, 2011 against the Colorado Eagles in Game 4 of the Turner Conference Finals. His performance broke a CHL-record that stood for over 15 seasons.
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