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Former NHL star apologizes for crossing picket line

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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.

Updated April 16, 2019

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