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08:23 AM ET 01.24 | Tim Thomas, one of two Americans on the roster of Bruins who were invited to the White House, chose not to attend. "We're like a family. We have our issues," [Peter Chiarelli] answered when asked if Thomas's decision overshadowed the visit. "You deal with them, move on, and try and support everyone. It may or may not. If it does, I hope it doesn't. The guys seemed to enjoy it. I enjoyed it." ... Chiarelli said attendance [Monday] was not mandatory. Steven Kampfer is the other American player from last year's roster. "I can require someone to attend a team event. If they don't, I can suspend him," Chiarelli said. "I'm not suspending Tim. Whatever his position is, it isn't reflective of the Boston Bruins nor my own."

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January 24, 2012  08:30 AM ET

and the story of the morning, along with the Ovi suspension...

Thomas didn't go. The world did not stop spinning. If he felt that strongly about that state of the US political system, then he is entitled to his opinion and protest.

January 24, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Last time I checked, the US is a free country. That said, if he didn't want this to be "political", as his statement read, he could have had the team say that he wasn't going for personal reasons and kept his mouth shut. My guess is that he will get a chorus of boos for the next little while.

January 24, 2012  08:42 AM ET

My guess is that he'll be getting a personal call from Obama asking him to have a beer and talk about what is bothering Timmy. I think Thomas is directing his protest at the wrong person as he said that his problem is with politicians in general and the sad state our country is in. You've got to remember, he is from Flint, Michigan which was one of the hardest hit areas in this poor economy. It is also an area where many young peope enlist in the armed forces because they don't have any other opportunities.

January 24, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Oh, poor Timmy, so put upon. Is he worried his taxes will go up another 2%? Sigh.

Of course, he is entitled to his opinion. That's not the point. Where was his opinion the previous eight years when the Country was going to hell in a hand basket? Hmm. I am sure he was fine with those policies because it was a different chief running the show. How convenient for him to get "political" now. As far as I am concerned, none of this matters. What matters is that he made all this about HIM. Teams who have won championships have been going to the White House for years...YEARS!!! From what I read, and heard, his team really enjoyed the visit, and Obama praised him. It's about the team!!! His no-show, and statement diverted what this was about, and made it about HIM!!!! Not even about what he was trying to "protest."

January 24, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Considering that the POTUS is the most powerful politician in the entire country, I really am not sure how you figure his protest isn't directed at the right person. Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Obama is as much a product of the system as anyone else in Washington.

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January 24, 2012  08:53 AM ET

So I guess he'll be giving his Gold medal back because of the shame he has for the country and the President. This was about the team not about his beliefs. It is a free country and he exercised his right not to be there, but in that situation no matter who occupies the White House, you respect the office and your team mates and you show up.I'll bet he doesn't have any problem cashing those very large paychecks he gets while working under the horrors of the current administration.

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January 24, 2012  08:57 AM ET

What a jerk! Sports is a nice break from the day to day problems all of us face. We don't need politics injected into it. Mr Thomas has a right to do what he wants, but that was over the top. He's a great goalie but that sucked!

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January 24, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I really don't like how he put his team and team management in a tough spot by having to explain the reasons why he wasn't there.

January 24, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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I would estimate that POTUS has watched about 0 minutes of NHL coverage, regular season, stanley cup playoffs, in his lifetime, give or take a milisecond.I have a new favorite Bruin.

I'm not sure I'd be falling all over myself to meet him either.

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January 24, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

My guess is that he'll be getting a personal call from Obama asking him to have a beer and talk about what is bothering Timmy. I think Thomas is directing his protest at the wrong person as he said that his problem is with politicians in general and the sad state our country is in. You've got to remember, he is from Flint, Michigan which was one of the hardest hit areas in this poor economy. It is also an area where many young peope enlist in the armed forces because they don't have any other opportunities.

well said

January 24, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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This really is a non-story.

If he showed up it was a non-story, by him not showing up, then giving us his own little Gettysburg address he made it a story. He has absolutely the right not to show up, and he exercised it. Just doesn't mean it was right or not. This was about his team winning the cup, not about politics. Maybe a few to many pucks to the head to realize it.

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January 24, 2012  09:06 AM ET

I respect the man tremendously for taking a stand and voicing his displeasure with the current state of things, and that he didn't give his own party a free pass either. We have to hold everbody accountable, including the White House.

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January 24, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Thomas has done one of the most selfish things I've ever seen a Bruin do. He put himself above the team, and in doing so distracted from the team's celebration. All you need to see is the headlines...they are all about Thomas' no-show, not the B's taking their victory visit to the WH. I don't give two **** about his politics, and he obviously doesn't give two **** about what his team wants. Management asked him to go, and has been talking to him for months about this, but he thumbed his nose at them. The pic of him holding the Cup in the air in Vancouver that's been on my desktop since it was taken is now gone, as is any respect I had for him as a Bruin. Great goalie, selfish DB.

 
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