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Former NHL star apologizes for crossing picket line

April 16, 2019
FILE - In this July 29, 2015, file photo, former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque walks on the field during an event at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The former NHL star is apologizing for crossing a picket line to shop at a Massachusetts supermarket where workers are on strike. Bourque was caught on video exiting a North Andover Stop & Shop on Monday, April 15, 2019 as a worker said “Shame on you.” Thousands of Stop & Shop workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island went on strike last week over what they say is an unfair contract proposal. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A former NHL star is apologizing for crossing a picket line to shop at a Massachusetts supermarket where workers are on strike.

Former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque was caught on video exiting a North Andover Stop & Shop on Monday as a worker said “Shame on you.”

Thousands of Stop & Shop workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island went on strike last week over what they say is an unfair contract proposal.

Bourque, a 22-year member of the NHL players’ union, apologized on Twitter .

He said he had a “medical condition that I was preparing for” and “mistakenly crossed the picket line.” He promised to walk the picket line in solidarity with Stop & Shop workers once his medical issue is resolved.