Tim Thomas apparently does not know it is his job to pump Obama's tires.
Thomas, the only American on the team, did not join the Boston Bruins for the annual Stanley Cup champions visit to the White House, making some vague political statement on Facebook about protesting a federal government that he believes is out of control and threatening people's rights.
I'm not sure whether I should file this story under "Who cares?" or "Potentially Interesting." I say it potentially interesting because Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs are very much Democrats. The Bruins management were very careful to distance themselves from Thomas. What might the long term fall out be between owner and goalie? Community and goalie?
And what might be the dressing room fall out be? Hockey players are loyal to the group, but Thomas upstaged his teammates moment to make an individual statement. How will that float in the Bruins dressing room?
Let's face it: in the hockey arena Tim Thomas is a legend. In the political arena no one has ever heard of him. Until now. Thomas has shown Republican leanings in the past. Could he be looking to make headlines for a possible post-hockey career?
Okay, it's not likely going to happen. But perhaps Tomas and Mike Richter can go head to head in the next congressional elections. Richter is the former New York Rangers and Team USA legend with an Ethics, Politics and Economics degree from Yale. In 2006 he considered running as a Democrat in Connecticut. He ultimately did not run, but expressed an interest in possibly doing so at some point in the future.
Whatever his end game is, there is no doubting Tim Thomas' political leanings.
Change In Russia
Viacheslav Fetisov shocked the hockey world this past weekend. He announced he was leaving not just CSKA Moscow, not just the Kontinental Hockey League, but hockey altogether.
“I would like to make a statement – I’m leaving hockey,” he said. “For me, this is my last weekend in hockey. I wish [KHL president] Alexander Medvedev all the best, and I’m sure he will succeed. For me, the situation at CSKA is disgusting. I’ve worked too long to earn a good name, and God knows I’ve done nothing to damage the sport. I see no sense in remaining. I am decided.”Here's the full story.
Sitting next to him, Medvedev could say little, and responded: “I cannot comment on this. I can hardly imagine our hockey without Fetisov.”
What Could Have Been
Former Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier is at home still recovering from his crippling hip injury that robbed him of his NHL career. He can not help but wonder what could have been:
"It was really tough for me to walk away from the game," Cloutier said. "To see other goalies play well into their late 30s and to see they're playing well and t's becoming common. But I had to leave the game."