Jim Thomson was born in Edmonton, Alberta.
He left his hometown of Westview Village Winterburn at the age of 15 years old to pursue a junior career with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL.
After playing junior for 3 years, Jim’s dreams began coming true when he was drafted by the NHL Washington Capitals. He went on to play ten years of professional hockey on six NHL teams: the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
The highlights of Jim’s career were when he scored his first goal against Ed Belfour in Chicago stadium; reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with the Los Angeles Kings with his idol Wayne Gretzky; and his number one highlight in his very first NHL game when his coach Bryan Murray asked Jim to cover the great Mario Lemieux.
Today, Jim travels the country with his ‘Dreams Do Come True’ presentation to help change lives as he inspires both the young and old. Jim volunteers countless hours with many charities and organizations including 360 kids, Your Life Counts, Stop Concussions, and The York Regional Police.
His passion mainly lies in anything related to kids and teens. He is Hockey Director at Everest Academies, coaches and mentors many hockey teams and players. Jim is directly involved with helping teens in troubled times, and is always available to the many who are always reaching out to him.
Jim’s life has not always been the glamorous life of a pro athlete. He has faced many adversities and has been fortunate enough to overcome them. He now dedicates his life to helping others.