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Stop & Shop strike: Ray Bourque apologizes for crossing the picket line



Ray Bourque apologizes for a not-so-Hall of Fame moving in the eyes of striking Stop & Shop workers Monday morning.

The former Bruins defense man was seen shopping at Quincy-based chain store location in North Andover despite the ongoing strike. In a widely shared video, workers outside the store called Bourque to cross their picket line.

"Shame on you," said one person and noted Bourque, as a former member of the NHL Players Association, used to be in a union.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union, representing 31,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England, called the strike Thursday afternoon after the two parties did not agree on a new contract. Negotiations resumed on Sunday and were scheduled to continue on Monday.

"Seriously, Mr. Bourque? We honored you," said a worker to Bourque, who did not respond audibly. "You could have been to some supermarket."

Less than two hours after the video was posted, Bourque apologized for Twitter and said he would join a Stop & Shop worker's picket line when an unspecified medical condition was resolved. [1

9659004] "I am a union hockey player for 22 years, I respect the Union and the work they do," he said. "I have a medical condition that I prepared for this morning and mistakenly crossed the picket line at Stop & Shop."

The Hall of Fame hockey player also noted that he apologized "immediately" on the way out of the store.

"I support the Stop & Shop employees and when my medical condition is resolved, I plan to return to solidarity and want to go on the pickup line with the members of the association," he said.

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