It’s time for the Los Angeles Kings to pay their visit to the White House and after Tim Thomas’ high-profile spurning of the trip last season, of course people are going to find out what some of the guys think of meeting the most powerful man in the free world. Coach Darryl Sutter already has a topic he wants to discuss with President Barack Obama however.
Sutter told reporters, as Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times shares, that he wants to talk oil.
That’s referring to a proposed project that would link Canada and the United States together by sending oil being drilled in the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Texas and Nebraska. The President is against approving the project for a host of reasons. Canada is all for going ahead with it.
Whatever happened to just talking sports and silly stuff with the President?
Tim Thomas sure found a way to push everyone’s buttons yesterday, but standing up for himself and what he believes in is nothing new.
Thomas deciding not to join the rest of his Bruins teammates at the White House for the team’s visit with President Barack Obama turned out to be Thomas’ way of protesting against the government.
As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com shared in his must-read column on Thomas, however, doing things his own way is the way Thomas has always done things in his career.
He’s often looked at as a “Lone Wolf” that doesn’t have very much in common with his teammates. Thomas often goes his own way throughout the season, but that’s not unusual for a goaltender. It’s also not to indict him as a divisive influence or a problem because he’s neither of those things.
With that aside, Haggerty says Thomas could’ve used a bit more tact this time around.
But here’s one suggestion: why not announce Thomas’ intentions prior to the visit in order to defuse the situation and take the heat out of it on Monday afternoon. Thomas is wonderful at stopping pucks in tense situations and he’s one of the most humble athletes you’ll ever come across.
But he’s not a brilliant PR strategist and there seems to have been no notion of getting out ahead of the train wreck that steamed into the East Wing of the White House Monday afternoon.
Whether you’re in agreement with Thomas’ stand here or not, he’s well within his rights and reasons for not wanting to meet the President, but if nothing else, he sure could’ve used a little coaching on this one. How Thomas handles the press this weekend in Ottawa at the All-Star Game could prove to be another circus of its own.
While we await Tim Thomas’s explanation for skipping the Bruins’ visit to the White House today, here’s a picture of the team with President Barack Obama.
According to the Associated Press, Obama said what most sports fans outside of Beantown have been thinking lately: “The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston.”
Pretty good line.
Actually, wait, could he make that a law? That teams from Boston can’t win titles anymore? Even the Republicans could get on board with that, right? It’s time to unite the nation, Mr. President.
Part of the Blackhawks visit this weekend to play the Capitals saw them make a stop at the White House where President Barack Obama recognized the Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup victory last season.
President Obama being an Illinois native and big Chicago fan helped make the ceremony a bit more fun for the Blackhawks and superstar winger Patrick Kane was able to show off for us a special view of the festivities. If you ever wondered what it was like to stand on the dais while the President is addressing a crowd, Kane shows us what it’s like. Sadly, Kane isn’t sporting the playoff mullet anymore because the President was a big fan of the ‘do.
Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury also discuss whether or not they think the Blackhawks can repeat this year.
The Blackhawks stormed the White House in Washington today as President Barack Obama met with the team and congratulated them for winning the Stanley Cup last season. With Obama being a former U.S. Senator from Illinois and growing up in Chicago, welcoming the Blackhawks to the White House was extra special for the Commander In Chief.
Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago was there with the team today and found out that President Obama was a big fan of how the Hawks were able to unite Chicago behind a common cause in rooting for the team to win their first Stanley Cup since 1966.
“During the playoffs, even the Michael Jordan statue had a Blackhawks uniform on. And when the Hawks visited Wrigley Field during the Crosstown Classic, they did something even tougher than winning the Cup — they got 40,000 Sox fans and Cubs fans to stand up and cheer at the same team,” Obama said. “(That’s) never happened before.”
White Sox and Cubs fans living together… Mass hysteria!
The President was also able to make a nice impression on Team USA star Patrick Kane both with his play on the ice and his sweet mullet in the playoffs. Obama said of Kane’s ‘do: “I thought it was pretty sharp.”
As for Kane, he was excited to just be there.
“I was happy with his speech. I got mentioned three times in his speech,” Kane said laughing, as he played hockey with kids on the south lawn. “I don’t know who was counting but somebody told me.”
The Blackhawks overdue White House trip was made easier by them being in town to play the Capitals on Sunday. Having a few days off helped free up their schedule and now they’ll gear up for their Sunday showdown in NBC’s Game of the Week at 12:30 p.m. ET against the Caps.