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Tim Thomas would rather ‘hide what a nut’ he is than be on 24/7

01.02.12 at 1:25 pm ET
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Ilya Bryzgalov has made himself a household name, one weird comment at a time. (AP)

WILMINGTON — If Tim Thomas is as strange as Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, he doesn’t want people to know it.

With the Winter Classic set to be played Monday in Philadelphia, both the game and its accompanying television show, NHL 24/7 were popular topics in the Bruins’ dressing room after their practice at Ristuccia Arena.

The show, which follows the participating teams behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the game, is fascinating for hockey-lovers to watch, but might be a lot for the players to handle.

Bruins players said Monday that while they would love to play in the Winter Classic again, they might have reservations about having to be on the show. Some players, such as Bryzgalov, have let their quirky personalities turn them into stars of the show, but Thomas wouldn’t be so quick to do the same.

“I’d absolutely hate that,” Thomas said of being on the show. “Having cameras around all the time, I don’t care what you say, it changes the way you act. You’re either going to play for the camera or end up being quitter than you normally are. One way or another, I’d find it hard to be real with the camera.”

Added a grinning Thomas: “I’d rather hide what a nut I am rather than advertise it to the whole world like that.”

Bryzgalov’s fascination with the universe, his knowledge of the death penalty in China and his comparing his Siberian Husky to a “hot girl” have made this season’s show a hit. Thomas doesn’t have many interesting analogies for his pets.

“I’ve got a German Shepard and a mutt,” he said with a smile. “Good dogs.”

Thomas likes what the show is able to bring to fans, but he feels there would be a limit regarding how comfortable he would be with cameras following him around at all times.

“You get the camera around all the time like that and you start to turn hockey players into Jersey Shore cast members or an MTV kind of thing like that,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the way it should be, personally.”

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