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B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:02 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:11 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins had the honor and privilege to visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Monday, continuing a long tradition of sports champions being honored by the POTUS.

Not everybody was there -- the whole nation is looking at you Tim Thomas -- but the majority of the Bruins were. Heck, even old friend Tomas Kaberle made the trip in to visit the White House and take in his vetting of the Bruins for their Stanley Cup championship.

Here is video (apologies for the shakiness, a guy can only do so much holding a camera over his head) of the president addressing the Bruins and congratulating them.

Lord Stanley's Cup was there, so was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator John Kerry was there, parked out in the front row. The throng of media members surrounded all of the family members and people of the Bruins organization for the vetting. It was a special day for all the Bruins.

It also had the obligatory Zdeno Chara is tall talk and presidential jokes. Although his first one of the short ceremony was a bit more candid.

"The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston," Obama said. "What's going on, huh?"

The only downside to the afternoon was the absence of Thomas, who elected to skip the event on his own merit.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the ceremony.

It put a damper on the day for the Bruins, the story of Thomas being a no-show, but not too much. For the players it was still a treat. I had the chance to catch up with Brad Marchand afterward in the Diplomatic Room and the excitement of the day was still very evident, even after the president gave Marchand a little ribbing, noting one of his many nicknames of the "Little Ball of Hate."

It was a day fit for champions, and almost all of them were there. Almost.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:20 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

To the person that called out racism I say you are an idiot.  I'm white, I have a lot of black friends, I also play on the only white team in an all black league, not racist at all.  I wouldn't go to the white house because I personally don't like Obama and what he's doing to this country and I want him gone as president.  My dislike for our president has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin.  It has everything to do with the fact that much like you, he is an idiot.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:14 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

he needs to get over himself.whatever his politics are,there should be respect for our american president.plus,it causes undue controversy for a team that's currently red hot.he also is putting himself above his team,as this was a TEAM event.



Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:14 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Ok, I understand that Brad Marchand is a tough nose player, but there is one "little ball of hate" and his name is Pat Verbeek.  Just because Marchand plays a similar style does not mean that he is suddenly the "little ball of hate".  We dont call Cindy Crosby "The Great One" now because he can score all sorts of ways, there is one "Great One" just like there is one "little ball of hate" 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:56 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

 if Thomas doesnt want to go to this stupid ceremony...good for him! 



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:33 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

(Timmy and Curt Schilling to open restaurant together?)

Who knew Timmy was WWWUUUUUSSSSSS?



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

i guess thomas isnt the only moron



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:28 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Racism, just maybe??



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:12 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Thomas had the right to go or not go there. I respect him for sticking to his guns. If I was invited I wouldn't go either.


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