The Boston Bruins made a trip to the White House as President Barack Obama honored the Stanley Cup champions. One key player was noticeably absent from the festivities.
Conn Smythe winner and Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas opted against joining his team at the White House, citing political reasons.
Thomas posted a statement on his Facebook page that said the following:
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara said about Thomas' absence, "Honestly, I don't have any thoughts about it, that's what he decided to do and the rest of it is up to him."
Bruins team president and former player Cam Neely was disappointed, but supported Thomas' decision saying, "Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs and he chose not to join us, we certainly would have liked to have him come and join us, but that's his choice. Obviously it's not a choice that most of the guys, all the guys came except for Tim. That's his decision and his choice."
All in all it was a great visit by the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. President Obama congratulated them on their championship and praised the team for its charitable work. Obama said of the Bruins, "The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston." He also called player Brad Marchand by his nickname: "Little ball of hate"
The Bruins face the Washington Capitals tomorrow night in Washington.