Tim Thomas Says His Brain Wasn't "Functioning Well Enough" To Keep Up With The NHL So He "Sat In The Woods For A Few Years" Due To Concussions

ESPN - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made his first public appearance since walking away from hockey in 2014, and fought back tears as he described the brain damage he has endured after sustaining a concussion in his final NHL season.

"I couldn't communicate with anybody for a few years," Thomas told reporters on Thursday, ahead of his induction to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. "I didn't call my dad. I didn't talk to anybody. There was a time period, yeah, where I hated the game, so to speak. I didn't sit there and [say] I hate it. My rebound effect was like, this wasn't worth it."

Former B's netminder Tim Thomas spoke with reporters before he gets inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame and talked about his brain damage that drove him away from the NHL. Pretty gut wrenching stuff.

Timmy will forever be a legend for his '11 Cup run and hopefully he only continues to get better from his brain injuries.

"It taught me a value for life and a value for my brain that I've never had before and I have appreciation for everything that I never had before. I don't regret anything."

Marchand was ecstatic to see his former goalie last night..

“I just told him I was happy for him and congrats. He looks like he’s got a 6-pack now, so I’m just happy for him. It was great to see him. It’s been awhile. There are a lot of great memories from that group, especially for him to be honored in the Hall of Fame. He definitely deserves it. I didn’t know we were going to see him tonight. - Brad Marchand via NBC Sports Boston

B's look to snap their 4 game losing streak tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Enjoy some pre-game audio.

It's a great night to win a hockey game.

(h/t ESPN/ Emily Kaplan)