Boston Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas Snubs Obama White House


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[Editor’s note: The author of this article, Josh Brewster, is the host of "Duck Calls" Anaheim Ducks postgame radio show and the Editor-in-Chief of Hockeytalk.biz.]

Hockey’s culture of conformity took a hit Monday when Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas snubbed an invitation from the Obama White House, declining to visit the President during his annual meeting with the NHL’s reigning Stanley Cup Champion.

One of only three Americans on the Bruins roster,* Thomas is one of the sport’s biggest stars. Thomas, from Flint, Michigan, is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner (2008-09 and 2010-11) as the league’s best goaltender, also a Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as most valuable player in the playoffs (both 2010-11).  He has represented his country in six world championships and won a Silver Medal at the 2010 Olympics. He is featured in a very funny Visa commercial during which an obsessed Boston cabbie worships his photo, but fails to recognize him in person.

She’ll recognize him now, alright.

Jack Edwards, the TV voice of the Bruins on NESN, told FrontPage that Thomas is a patriotic American, but whether this is the right platform for Thomas’ politics remains to be seen.

“There’s no doubt Tim knew what he was doing,” Edwards told Frontpage, noting that the meeting with Obama comes just one day prior to the Bruins’ visit to Washington, DC for a game in Obama’s backyard, against the Capitals.

His teammates will respect and support his right to speak, says Edwards, but with the Bruins heading into the second half of the season as one of the league’s better clubs, the defending champions don’t need a distraction.

“This will surely create a firestorm, a media circus,” Edwards said.  “And the thing that concerns me as someone who follows the Bruins closely is that this could be to the detriment of the team.”

Sources tell Frontpage that Thomas made the decision to reject the White House invite over a month ago.

“We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization,” team President and former player Cam Neely said in a statement that served to distance the club from the politics behind the remark, without chastising its number one goaltender.

No different from any other major pro sports, the NHL doesn’t involve itself in political issues.  It serves too broad a community and alienating half the political aisle would be unwise.

The only initiative in which the league is involved that hints at ideology is its “NHL Green” program, focused on recycling and sustainability alongside the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The program buys in with the fashionable notion of man-made global warming, a viewpoint accepted by so many that it seems almost apolitical to most—but not to Thomas and many of his fellow conservatives (not to mention hundreds of scientists).

Sources tell Frontpage that inside the Bruins’ locker room, Thomas has engaged in friendly debates on global warming with defenseman Andrew Ference, who is actively involved with NHL Green.  The program offers NHL players an opportunity to purchase carbon credits, purportedly to offset the emissions from their travel over the course of the season.  Thomas does not purchase carbon credits.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    This could be bigger than Bibi vs. Bieber.

    • Chiggles

      Poor Flippers, couldn't come up with a Jew angle on this, eh?

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        I don’t think math is ready for the Jew Angle yet. It would have to be neither acute nor obtuse and totally based on the adjacent angle.

  • Dave

    I've never been a Bruins fan but I can tell you I am incredibly proud of Tim Thomas for standing up for his conservative convictions against the flood of politically correct liberal left media bias and a president that has spent us into economic disaster… I wouldn't cross the street to meet him either. As to anthropogenic CO2 global warming, he is right on. It's 99% politics and 1% voodoo science. Bravo Tim Thomas. You've made me a fan of your hockey career – and this from Canucks land!!

  • Ken

    Bravo, Tim!!

  • pierce

    Way to stand tall Tim.

  • speedyjerry

    "the NHL doesn’t involve itself in political issues" says it all, why are the other Knuckleheads so eager to give Obama any recognition or get exploited by him for campaign 2012?

  • Amused

    The man's a SCHMUCK , pure and simple , It has long been tradition that a championship team be recognized by a sitting US president . It is an A-POLITICAL EVENT . It is a show of direspect for the President and the Office of President . It is TYPICAL of teabaggers and repo/cons . The Rush Limbaugh mentality in all it's glory . And those who support this show of disrespect are also schmucks .
    "Recognition " ? "Exploitation " ? ….BULLSHEET !

    • Gunner57

      "teabaggers"? You filthy slimeball.

    • kafir

      Stinky (aka BO) is a disgrace. He disrespects the office of President, and will be removed from his current trappings in 362 days when Stinky, the fat bottom mrs, Bo the pooch, and the girls leave the White House, where Stinks can attempt to unseat Jimmy Carter as the worst EX president. He's already unseated him in the worst sitting President ever.
      From the article……suppose instead of Stinks, it was Bush who was being snubbed. Your reaction would be?

    • reader

      Those who put Obama in the White House have already disrespected the Office in all respects. Your anger is telling: Tim is by far the best in the league right now, and it's gotta hurt, especially for such a petty man as Obama.

    • tony

      I'm curious. Were you outraged when a sitting US Senator by the name of Jim Webb refused to shake President Bush's hand? Was it disrespectful when your fellow lefties compared President Bush to Hitler? Was it disrespectful to the office when Bill Clinton was being serviced by a 19 year old intern in the oval office? Were you outraged about that? Unless you answer yes to these 3 questions, you're no more than a typical leftist hypocrite.

    • BLJ

      Amused once again you are wrong. Got to give you credit for keeping the batting average at 1.000. This whole idea of "respecting the office" is hogwash. Your boy Obama is not a God.

      Sorry to have to break the news to you son. Oh, there is also no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny.

    • 11bravo

      But we can make the prez look stupid ie..Bush, Bush, Reagan on SNL; or tear up a picture of the pope-or say Bush doesn't like black people-or I could go on all day libtard!!
      You can't disrespect some one if you never respected them to begin with.

    • guest

      It is not he who is the schmuck. Look into the mirror. This country is still free and the residents of this great country are still free last time I looked. It doesn't matter if the event is a-political or not. The man did not wish to attend the event. When we no longer have the right to refuse (or attend) an event, that is the time to put on your nazi outfit and sieg heil. So, if you want to worship at o's traitorous feet, go right ahead. Just acknowledge that the rest of us still make our own choices.

    • wasicu36

      The office of president is only as respectable as the office holder. I have more respect for ANY JANITOR than for the treasonous current occupant of the White House.

    • Ken

      I bet you you not be so ready with the name-calling and criticism if it was one of your uber-Lefties or Progressives that did exactly what Tim did. Other can insult conservatives and republicans, and it'sd OK, but when the shoe is on the other foot, it's a Biblical offense. What a hypocrite!!

    • Atikva

      " It is a show of direspect for the President"

      Right. Only respect must be earned and obviously M. Obama hasn't earned it as far as Tim Thomas is concerned. Rather than fake a respect that he didn't feel, Tim Thomas did the right thing and declined the invitation. He showed integrity and I respect him for it.

    • pagegl

      Nothing Obama does is apolitical; everything he does is a means to an end and that end is maintaining political power.

    • coyote3

      Well, he has company, Dan Hampton lkewise, refused to meet with this president. There is no "requirement" that anyone meet with the president, any president. It can be for a good reason, bad reason, or no reason. Michael Jordan refused to meet with President Bush, so what, he is free to do so, and he should be respected for his decision.

  • kafir

    Wow! Not a hockey fan, particularly a Boston team of any sort, but this man is impressive!!

  • chris gleason

    AT LAST! An American true to his stated beliefs. Obama SHOULD be shunned by all who are patriotic Americans, whether they are sports heroes or whatever. SPEAK OUT! Maybe we can stamp out the odious "political correctness." Go Tim!!

  • Maher

    Given Obama's circus with all the show business "occupy WH", Tim Thomas looks rather refreshing…

  • BLJ

    Kudos to Thomas for not being a hypocrite. He did what he felt was right., I doubt this will affect the team at all on the ice.

    What I find amusing is how the same people who are attacking Thomas for not bowing to the Chosen One are the same people who applauded Ozzie Guillen for blowing off President Bush to hang out with his Marxist buddy Hugo Chavez.

    I am a big time Bruins fan who was grateful to Thomas for his stellar play in the Stanley Cup. Now I am an even more grateful that he had the cojones to stand by his principles. Sadly there are too many people in society who are afraid for fear of the PC police.

  • Sigdrifa

    Yay!!!

  • mrbean

    He should have attended as this was an NHL tradition to honor his team winning the Stanley Cup regardless of his opinion of President Obama and his failed policies. I did not approve of veterans turning their back on Clinton when he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on as this was the tradition to honor the fallen not about Bill Clinton. Both men I detest, but this is inappropriate and it is making the event about them not the event.

  • Jim_C

    No problem with this guy for standing by his conscience. An invitation to see the president is an honor, but at the end of the day, the president is just another guy in politics. We're waaayyy too worshipful of our public servants, in general. So good for him, I say.

    My problem is that his stance is attributed to his concern for hometown Flint, Michigan. A guy named Michael Moore made a film about the same. President Obama helped keep the auto industry from imploding. This guy's on the wrong side. Throw in the notion he's a climate change denier and you know you've got just another knucklehead who prefers his widdle feelings to facts.

    • ebonystone

      it's all the AGW enthusiasts who are so opposed to facts.

      • mrbean

        Once again. He should have attended as this event was an NHL tradition to honor his team winning the Stanley Cup regardless of his opinions of President Obama and his failed policies. It is inappropriate and he is making the event about him and his views and not a traditional event. that honors his team.

      • Jim_C

        You mean all the world's major science academies, the vast majority (over 90% of climate scientists)? Those "fact-averse" people?

        Please. It's not even "controversial," except for internet weirdos with an agenda to push. There's an actual world out there, with people who actually study things like facts. Many of these people are called "scientists," and any scientist worth his salt would love to be the one to blow the lid off this "hoax." Except they don't, because it isn't.

        • pagegl

          A Nobel laureate in physics (1973, Ivar Giaever) resigned his membership in the American Physical Society in protest of its stance that the science is decided. Richard Lindzen, is an atmospheric physicist at MIT and is an AGW skeptic. Bill Gray, professor emeritus at Colorado State University expressed his dismay at the AMS support of AGW. William Happer, professor of physics at Princeton said of AGW, "What used to be science has turned into a cult." Freeman Dyson. formerly of Princeton, is a skeptic. And there are lots more.

    • Eric G

      "climate change denier"… also known as non-sheeple who recognize there is no scientific consensus on the subject.
      -Signed,
      an Atmospheric Scientist

    • coyote3

      That's just it, he unconstitutonally picked winner and losers. If it was going to implode, it should have implode, bankrupted, and reorganized. That way it could have gotten rid of some union contracts. Oh, why is it "climate change", I thought it was "global warming"?

  • BLJ

    It seems to me that Ford didn't take any bail out money, is located in Michigan and doing fine. Who cares what his reasons are? He could be averse to people named Barack and it would be fine with me.

  • SDSAL

    Anyone who uses the phrase "climate change denier" reveals him or herself as a leftie. The phrase itself is an anti-science phrase used to shut down scientific debate.

  • flyingtiger

    Brezhnev was a great hockey fan. You are right, he would have shot this guy and probably sent the rest of the team to Siberia.

  • Dennis X

    The sob has no class.

    • BLJ

      I agree about this assessement about Obama. Glad to see you are coming out of your coma.

      • Dennis X

        Wake up bj ,wrong again.

        • BLJ

          Dennis baby…..you are the one living in a fantasy world. You voted for a little boy to do a man's job. Admit your mistake. It is the first step to recovery.

    • coyote3

      Has nothing to do with it, but I guess Michael Jordan "has no class" either when he refused an invitation from President Bush.

  • Pepper Bruce

    Apparently, Mr. Tim Thomas actually respects the Presidency too much to associate with the current occupant of the White House. That is what I call true patriotism.

    • Amused

      that statement is what I call true bullshiiit /

  • Amused

    Birds of a feather flock together , the man's a shiiithead ,and he's got a whole crew of sycophants to follow . ALL YOU SCHMUCKS ARE PHONY PATRIOTS .

  • Amused

    why mr.bean !! YOU DO HAVE A SHREAD OF HONOR AND DECENCY !! Unlike the majority of shiithead morons applauding this hockey-schmuck's antics .

    • coyote3

      I am not applauding it. As I said Michael Jordan refused an invitation from President Bush. Neither are big deal. As far as I am concerned it is an individual decision, and their respective decision. Not yours, mine or anyone else's. You can think what you want, but the president, any president, at the end of the day is just another guy.

  • Amused

    I'm sure you know , that is not the point , nor the reason for this article . [ unless of course ,you're just as dumb as the rest of these brainwashed tools ].

  • reader

    Judging from the unraveling of the not-so-amused anymore, Thomas really yanked the petty marxist populists' chain. He's just demonstrated more political skill in 15 minutes than Boehner has in many months. Way to go, Tim!

  • Wayne Pope

    I find it interesting that those that disagree with Mr. Thomas can only resort to name calling. It seems to me those who call Mr. Thomas, and those that agree with him, dumb and stupid could at least offer some sort of intellectual comment.
    Keep holding to your principles Tim.

  • Amused

    Well Wayne there's only one way to describe dumb and stupid , that being- DUMB and STUPID , as for your request for an intellectual comment …you gotta be kidding ! It's the very LACK of intellect that keeps this blog going . I'm sure someone of your exceptional intellect , is capable of gleaning the mentality found in most comments approving this act of disrespect . I "find it interesting " that although you attempt to sound abit superior , you are in fact no more than a nose above the rest of these fools .

  • CanadConserv

    I share Thomas's political views. But he should have gone with the team and treated the occasion as a non political event. After all, left leaning athletes visit the WH when a Republican is president.

    Although, i do grant that the Liberal media would have feted an athlete who snubbed Bush over, say, being a war monger.

  • George

    Great goalie. Shunning is far less effective than taking the opportunity to talk and ask questions. Doubtful of the "voodoo science" – (why not just call it science?) – I'd rather be ready for the water to drown Christopher Columbus Park and realize we haven't enough land to grow our homeland food on….