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.
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).
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.
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.