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Top 2012: Tim Thomas, the White House and Facebook

Dec 25, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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What a difference a year makes.

In 2011, Tim Thomas had the type of season most only dream of. He won the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe and the Vezina Trophy, becoming one of the most successful American netminders in NHL history.

But 2012?

Yeah, 2012 wasn’t so good for Timmy.

The year saw a Thomas embark on a bizarre sequence of events not even the most imaginative mind could’ve concocted.

In the span of January to June, he…

Skipped the Bruins’ celebratory White House visit with President Obama.

— Explained his decision (via Facebook!), stating “I believe the federal government has grown out of control.”

Refused to discuss his decision, saying “those are my personal beliefs,” and “it has nothing to do with hockey.”

Became the subject of trade rumors.

— Posted a statement (via Facebook!) about standing “with the Catholics in the fight for religious freedom.”

— Kept stonewalling reporters, creating some awkward/uncomfortable press scrums (see here and here.)

Lost in the opening round of the playoffs.

— Confirmed reports (via Facebook!) he would take the 2012-13 season off, claiming he needed time away from hockey to “reconnect with the three F’s: Friends, Family and Faith.”

Waived his no-movement clause.

— Stated (via Facebook!) that he stood with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy regarding his stance on marriage.

Just to re-iterate: All of that occurred within six months.

Despite this strange saga, it’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of Tim Thomas.

Reports surfaced last week he’d participated in an NHLPA conference call and, lest we forget, he does have plans to represent Team USA at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.


Anonymous Bruin on Thomas: “He’s not my teammate”

Thornton on Thomas: “I’d rather have somebody coming in with their head and heart into it”

Rask didn’t expect Thomas to leave, but wasn’t shocked

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Who? Oh yeah, that guy who ran his mouth and then refused to talk about anything but “hackey.”

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I think the reason he left last year was because of the looming lockout. It must be very hard for a tea party supporter to be in a union.

    • kitshky - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      You mean members of a “grass roots” organization that claims to exist to give the everyday American a voice against Corporate America … that was in reality founded, funded, and supported by Billionare CEO’s wouldn’t ever be hypocritical?


  3. blomfeld - Dec 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    He’ll be back …

    A crazy guy no doubt and likely forever “the” villain as far as Canuckle Nation is concerned … nonetheless, despite his supposed wackiness, in my books guys like Thomas are “cool” and therefore it’ll be a good day “if and when” he makes it back into the NHL … and I hope that day comes soon :)

  4. sampulls - Dec 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Coming from someone who is in the usa and canada a lot…..this is a simple story of a guy who speaks his mind and get villianized by Canada’s left wing media.

  5. loinstache - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Yes, those dastardly socialist Canadians smearing the image of a poor simple God fearing man

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    @sampulls: I’m all for speaking one’s mind, and in fact I don’t neccessarily disagree with what Thomas says. But if you’re going to use your standing as a pro hockey player to disseminate your views to a wide audience you damn well better stand there and answer the media’s questions.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Why? What does he owe those fat sacks?

  7. sampulls - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    1943mrmojorisin1971…..fair enough!

  8. bruinsfan19 - Dec 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Hopefully Thomas will return and we can get this lockout over

  9. hockeyflow33 - Dec 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    The only problem was that he said it here in ultra-left Boston and that absolute hack of a blogger Haggerty wouldn’t drop it in any of his “columns”

  10. capsfan19 - Dec 26, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Knocking out boston… Ohh so amazing.

  11. beelza - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    “…strange saga…” Not from my POV. The price you pay for publicly rebuffing the president is essentially one season. Taking time off for “personal reasons,” my a_s. Piss off a tyrant and you pay the price. Lesson is Timmy, don’t punk the prez, b/c barry don’t play that. Just ask Larry Sinclair.

  12. shortsxit34 - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I’m a huge Timmy Thomas fan. I respect his views and I think all those people claiming he isn’t entitled to share his opinions just because he’s a pro athlete are ridiculous.

    But I have to say, Timmy, you were absolutely wrong here. Not because it was disrespectful to Obama, the White House, or the United States; but, because it was disrespectful to his teammates. Team comes first, every athlete knows that…especially a championship winning team. It was a team function and he should have been there along with the rest of the team.

    Wow, I just said the word “team” a lot…

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      This happens every year though. Members of Red Sox management, (publicly, very Democrat), skipped both White House visits in 04 and 07 and it barely made the news

  13. vincentbojackson - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    In a nut shell, Tim Thomas represents everything that’s wrong with politics. The feeling that everyone MUST conform to YOUR views or you take your ball and go home (refuse to visit White House, refuse interviews, etc.)

    I happen to agree with some of his comments, but I’m secure enough to remain open to other’s points of view.

    Guy needs to get over himself.

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