KANATA, Ont. Zdeno Chara was looking forward to trying his hand at team-building before NHL All-Star weekend began, and the Bruins captain built himself a winning hockey club. It might be time for Peter Chiarelli to start watching his back if Chara begins to start adding his two cents to the front office moves for the Bs moving forward after Team Chara took a 12-9 win over Team Alfredsson.
Marian Gaborik had a hat trick for Team Chara and Zdeno Chara notched the game-winning goal for his own team in a solid victory. It also included Tim Thomas closing things out in the third period for Charas club and securing his fourth straight All-Star game victory.
Tyler Seguin picked up an assist on a Joffrey Lupul insurance marker in the third period as well in a game featuring some excellent representation from the three Black and Gold members of the All-Star club. Daniel Alfredsson had a pair of goals for his eponymous hockey team in defeat.
The Patriots have been invited to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory with president Donald Trump on April 19.
How many players RSVP in the affirmative to the invitation remains to be seen.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a Patriots fan, announced the date at a press briefing on Thursday. Spicer noted that the visit will coincide with the 242nd anniversary of the battles at Lexington and Concord.
Though Trump considers Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady as friends, several members of last season's championship roster have noted already that they didn't play to attend a celebratory trip to Trump's White House.
The list of those who have gone on record saying they weren't interested in heading to Washington, DC this year includes safety Devin McCourty, tight end Martellus Bennett (now a member of the Packers), defensive end Chris Long (free agent) and running back LeGarrette Blount (free agent). Defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower also noted that they didn't plan to go.
The Patriots are the first championship team that Trump has extended an invitation to during his presidency.