-- Boston goalie Tim Thomas
was asked following the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday night if any of the players here in Ottawa have commented or given him any ribbing regarding his decision not to attend the Bruins' Stanley Cup celebration Monday at the White House with President Barack Obama.
"They've given me their full and unwavering support, and I really appreciate that," Thomas said.
Thomas wrote on his Facebook page Monday night that he believes the federal government has grown out of control and he was exercising his right as a free citizen not to attend the event at the White House.
However, his decision not to attend has created a firestorm around the reigning Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said it was a sign of disrespect to Obama and the presidency.
Thomas was asked for reaction to that Thursday night, but he emphatically said, "No comment."
"I did address it," Thomas added. "Everything I said in my statement is what I believe to be absolute truth. I don't believe I need to revisit something that I stated so clearly."
Thomas, who was selected in the second round by teammate Zdeno Chara
in Thursday's draft, also talked about how much he and his family have been looking forward to attending All-Star weekend in Ottawa.
"This weekend is a celebration of hockey," Thomas said. "This game is obviously a great game. It has given so much to me. I played a lot of sports growing up and this is the one that I really love. To be part of an All-Star weekend that celebrates so many aspects of it, it's awesome."
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