Pope John Paul II had played in a Polish hockey league !!

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  1. VanIslander

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    CNN ran a profile of his life which mentioned the Pope had played hockey as a youth and got a scar over his eye from a stick slash.

    Does anyone have more info on this?
     
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    He was a great Pope, but if it's true he played hockey, he's officially the coolest Pope ever.
     
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    The Washington Post article stated he was nicknamed "Lolek the Goalie" and in the short summers played in a soccer league. Then there's this:

    They make it sound like casual, pick-up pond hockey... but CNN mentioned a hockey league... maybe there was a rec league... whichever way, I'd love to hear more, maybe even see a picture.

    What a cool sport! :eek:
     
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    Found this:

    http://www.ewtn.com/wyd2000/dines.htm

    And this:

    http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=54719

    Apparently the Pope was quite an athlete.
     
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    You know who could solve this lockout? The Pope.
     
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    he was a good one


    we neeed a canadian pope;)
     
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    Oh I see............I guess that explains why Canada had a great hockey team and Poland didn't. ;)
     
  10. This is great stuff guys. Thanks for the links.
     
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    Man, I'd pay to see Pope play against Satan and the Devils.
     
  12. Jaysfanatic*

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    Thats kinda cool!
     
  13. Sure is.

    I'm not Catholic --- or even religious, for that matter --- but thinking about the Pope playing pond hockey as a kid helped brighten a somber day.
     
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    I'm not Catholic, but he was a great man and this is also another great story about him.
     
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    I agree with those sentiments. One need not be Catholic nor in agreement with all of his church's pronouncements to recognize that this Pope was an immensely large figure in our times.

    In a world of commoditized celebrity, "greatness," in the historical sense of the word, is often bastardized.

    As such, it's worthwhile to acknowledge the few truly large and impactful figures among us. Such is the case here.

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    "He was a man, take him, for I shall not look upon his like again...."
    - Shakespeare, "Hamlet"
     
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    The next pope is likely to be nigerian, maybe he's played a lot of footy (for suckers, it's called soccer) :D
     
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    Wow. He was a great Pope. Pretty cool that he played hockey.
     
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    He's a Blues fan? I was sure he would be a St. Michael's Major's fan.

    from photo link posted above:

    Pope John Paul II holds a St. Louis Blues hockey stick presented to him by the youth of St. Louis at the Light of the World papal youth gathering in this January 26, 1999 file photo.
     
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    The fact that he holds it so oddly, is because he's a righty shooter.
     
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    The Pope versus Miro, Elias, Gomez, Stevens, Niedermayer and Brodeur?

    Okay, bad joke :p:
     
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    The Pope played in a Polish hockey league! That reminds me of a joke:

    Q: What happened to the Polish National Hockey Team?
    A: Drowned during spring training.
     
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    No it's a Crosscheck penalty.
     
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