Thomas’s stance draws some shots from Bruins fans

When star athlete Tim Thomas led the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in nearly four decades last spring, he could do no wrong, a conquering hero beloved by fans of all political stripes.

But the popular goaltender was caught squarely in the partisan fray yesterday after skipping Monday’s White House ceremony to honor the team, a politically motivated decision that many fans denounced as selfish and ill-timed and that renewed a long-running debate over the melding of sports and politics.

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