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Bruins' goalie Thomas declines White House visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas says he didn't attend the White House ceremony with President Barack Obama honoring the team for its 2011 Stanley Cup Championship because he believes the federal government "has grown out of control" and threatens rights and liberties.

Thomas said on his Facebook page Monday night he was exercising his rights. He said it wasn't "about politics or party," and he blames both political parties.

The veteran goaltender helped lead the Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup and was MVP of last year's playoffs. He was among the players Obama singled out for praise during the ceremony.

The Bruins said later they're disappointed Thomas didn't attend "a great day", and his views don't reflect those of the team owners or organization.

Thomas, a Michigan native, played at the University of Vermont.

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