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Thomas admits career may be finished

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

In a perfect world, Steve Thomas' lengthy NHL career would have ended in a frosty arena stuffed with appreciative fans.

Instead, it very well might have come to a halt in a boardroom filled with arguing lawyers.

Because the constant bickering between players and owners has wiped out this season and threatens 2005-06 as well, Thomas has come to the sober realization that he may have played his final NHL game.

"It's a real possibility," the former Maple Leafs forward said last night when asked about retirement. "When you are 41 years old, you've missed an entire season and you haven't trained the way you normally do, you have to be truthful with yourself and admit it could happen.

"Then again, never say never. As I've said in the past, I want them to cut the laces off my skates and take them off before I donate them."

WANTS TO BEAT DOMI

Besides, Thomas still has a major goal he wants to achieve, one he hopes to accomplish during today's Steve Thomas and Friends Corporate Cup charity tournament in Markham.

"Beating Tie Domi," Thomas said. "That's the entire reason I helped set this up."

Not entirely. There also is the matter of raising funds to help support the expansion of the Markham Stouffville Hospital and its new state-of-the-art MRI suite, which opened earlier this year.

Each of the six teams in the tournament -- a.k.a. The Stumpy Cup -- will feature a well-known captain -- Thomas, Domi, Doug Gilmour, Eric Lindros, Gary Roberts and Steve Yzerman -- three other celebrities, and 11 players from individual corporations.

Spectators who come to the Angus Glen Community Centre are asked to bring a donation. The action takes place from noon to 6 p.m.


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