6. Tim Thomas skips White House, then the season
First he skipped a big trip, and then he decided to sit out altogether.
Goalie Tim Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy along with the playoff most valuable player award in 2011, chose not to attend the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship ceremony at the White House last January.
He explained it with a statement on his Facebook page:
"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."
The Bruins were reportedly not happy with Thomas’s decision.
"As an organization we were honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House," Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. "It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team's achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. 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."
In June, Thomas posted a message on his Facebook page about his plans to take the 2012-13 season off.
“At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected,” Thomas wrote. “That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s: Friends, Family, and Faith.”
So for now, Thomas is out of hockey… along with the rest of the NHL.