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Tim Thomas put himself above team

Bruins goalie picked inappropriate time, venue to make personal statement

Updated: January 24, 2012, 1:37 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

WASHINGTON -- Before most hockey games, it's tough to find many players who stand completely still during the national anthem.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas never moves. He stands as still as the Statue of Liberty, with his focus directly on the American flag that hangs from the rafters in every NHL arena. There's no denying Thomas' patriotism. He represented Team USA as an Olympian and has called it one of his most memorable moments of his career.

But when the ...

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