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09-19-2003, 02:42 PM
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Went to highschool with Atlanta's Dan Snyder, I'm quite sure he's the NHLs only Menonite...he even took our class on a field trip to his hometown of Elmira. Obviously he's a new order menonite.
Don't be so sure. The Canadian prairies are full of Mennonites and hockey players. I'm sure there's a fair bit of overlap.

Anyway, Jarome Iginla is a Christian who attends my friend's church. Robyn Regehr's parents were missionaries so I wouldn't be surprised if he was a Christian as well.

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Tim Cheveldae once called Mario Lemieux the Antichrist.

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Curtis Brown is a very active Christian... he signs autographs sometimes with the slogan, "God Bless! Curtis Brown"...

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You forgot :
"You shalt put too many players on the ice"

you could add:
"Thou shalt only play good Canadian boys"

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09-19-2003, 06:11 PM
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It actually does...

Psalms: Cherry 14:8

Thou shalt not wear a visor
Thou shalt be dritty and fight on hockey ice
Thou shalt be a Bruins fan
Thou shalt watch Coaches' Corner

don't forget this one:
"thou shalt only play those good Canadian boys and to hell with the Euros!"

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09-19-2003, 09:29 PM
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What a strange topic. Does anyone really care what religion they are? Doesn't matter to me, Smyth could be a Buddhist for all I know. As long as my Oilers play well, their religion is their own business...

At least those are my thoughs..
Agreed. It's completely irrelevant to know this information. Doesn't serve any purpose to know at all.

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09-20-2003, 07:56 AM
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Agreed. It's completely irrelevant to know this information. Doesn't serve any purpose to know at all.
That is unless you're an insecure religious zealot.

"To know one religion is to know no religion"

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09-20-2003, 08:20 AM
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I wonder what religion the Devils practice...

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09-20-2003, 08:41 AM
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Curtis Brown is a very active Christian... he signs autographs sometimes with the slogan, "God Bless! Curtis Brown"...
i'll confim that

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09-20-2003, 05:27 PM
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Felix Potvin makes the Sign of the Cross before each game.

Maybe guys who are well grounded and practice a religion are good bets in the high octane world of professional sports. They are less involved in the things that shorten or destroy careers. Maybe?

What's really wrong with having 5 Children raised in a loving atmosphere where they are well provided for? The "for Christ's sake" was truly unnecessary, (and besides maybe it is).

The fact that one can be an atheist I can surely understand. One's understanding of where he is might compel him to be so. It is the all anti-theist stuff that I can't understand. It is discriminatory, and inflaminatory. Just a little too cheap a stance and much too easy to buy into appearantly.

Guzman, (I am unashamed to profess Christ, and my Catholicism to the world, and here's a little prayer for you and me because we like hockey).

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09-20-2003, 06:04 PM
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Markus Naslund is as devout as a Christian as you will find.

I heard him speak about it once, he has a good outlook on things. He said that while he is Christian, he doesn't like to talk about it, since he doesn't want to use his celebrity for a soapbox about his religion. In essense, he doesn't want to be an evangalist. Which I respect in the guy.

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09-20-2003, 06:11 PM
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This actually became a very interesting thread...

Thanks for your input guys!

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09-20-2003, 06:17 PM
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Cammalleri's not Italian?

Schneider is NOT Jewish. He's half-Jewish, and doesn't practice at all.

The Henrich boys are, though.

Add to that Matty named his kid Matthieu Jr. which is not a very Jewish thing to do.

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09-20-2003, 06:39 PM
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Jews Include:

NHL:
Jeff Halpern
Steve Dubinsky
Bubba Berenzweig
Ronnie Stern (although recently retired)
Bob Plager (converted)

Minors
Jeff Dessner (Minors)
Michael & Adam Henrich (Minors)
David Hymovitz (Minors)
Greg Gardner (Minors)

Women
Sarah DeCosta (goaltender of the women's gold medal winner and silver medal winner in the '98 and '02 Winter Olympics)

and of course, our good buddy, Gary Bettman.

Media
Brian Shactman who's the NHL editor for espn.com, who played at Amherst College

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09-20-2003, 07:18 PM
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A player's religion is interesting enough a piece of information to the point where it's used to indicate just that...what the guy marks down under the "religion" category on surveys. However I find that too often its used as a sort of "good guy" measuring stick. People seem to relate a player's devoutness to the quality of the player as a person overall. While its true, some of the players noted as being especially devout seem to me to be upstanding NHL citizens (Doan, Naslund, etc.), I know that some of the more devoutly religious people I've know in my life have also been of little real character. So while yeah, its a bit interesting to know what religion these guys are, and its definitely not a negative thing that these guys practice a religion actively, its really of little use if considering the quality of the individual.

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09-20-2003, 07:37 PM
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I wonder what religion the Devils practice...
Trappist?

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09-20-2003, 07:57 PM
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It actually does...

Psalms: Cherry 14:8

Thou shalt not wear a visor
Thou shalt be dritty and fight on hockey ice
Thou shalt be a Bruins fan
Thou shalt watch Coaches' Corner
and add though shall wear tacky suits, eat quizno subs and patronize don cherry bars/restaraunts

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09-20-2003, 08:03 PM
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As far as Jewish Hockey players in the NHL goes I can only think of 5 off the top of my head:

Steve Dubinsky--Chicago Black Hawks
Jeff Halpern--Washington Capitals
Ladislav Kohn--Atlanta Thrashers
Mathieu Schneider--LA Kings
Ronne Stern--San Jose Sharks


As far as Jews at the top of the NHL in the front office:

Gary Bettman--Commissioner
Steve Ellman--Owner, Phoenix Coyotes
Stan Kasten--President, Governer, Atlanta Thrashers
Ed Snider--Owner/Chairman, Flyers
Larry Tanenbaum--Part-Owner, Toronto Maple Leafs

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09-21-2003, 01:24 PM
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Just to confirm I can tell you Shane Doan is a christian for sure (I know his brother) also Jarome Iginla is. Also I go to church with Ryan Smith's relatives and he is a christain as well.

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09-21-2003, 05:18 PM
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I think its refreshing to hear hockey players not thanking God for helping them win a game like football players, basketball players and boxers do. It is, after all, just a game.
Thanks. I´m in Europe and get my fair share of Latincountry player crossing themselves and thanking God when the score a goal. What? Was Satan - not the hockey player - with the goaltender?

Anyway, I know Markus Näslund is a "pingstvän", I don´t know what that would turn into in English, but he´s a "good Christian" allright.

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I read in some article that Naslund is Christian and Forsberg is atheist.
My word from Sweden: Yep.

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09-21-2003, 06:36 PM
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I think its refreshing to hear hockey players not thanking God for helping them win a game like football players, basketball players and boxers do. It is, after all, just a game.
Good Call. If I was in the NHL I'd be thanking God for giving Me the funnest job ever!!

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