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06-30-2008, 11:49 PM
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Hockey and Religion

Okay nothing to get scared of, let's keep this mature and controversy-free because we can if people that can talk intelligent about this choose to do so. None of this "who cares what they believe in just play hockey." If that's your case, dont bother discussing on this thread, this is about NHL players. This isnt about religion, and what is the one true faith, but about NHLers and which ones are devout Christians/Jews etc. I got this idea remembering a THN article about former NHL goalie John Blue who has gone on to be a minister out in the San Jose area. Just wondering since NHLers keep to themselves more often than not why we never hear about player's beliefs like we do in the MLB, NBA or NFL. It may have to do with the fact that those other sports take place in the U.S. and in more prominent Bible belt locations but either way I just thought I'd mention a few guys I have heard that have been open about their beliefs.

Mathieu Schneider to my belief is Jewish.

Iginla and Naslund both have come out and talked about being Christians. Naslund surprised me a bit, Sweden seems to be a little more secular in general, but I've read about both of them in a magazine called Sports Spectrum. Mike Fisher too. Cam Ward as well. Both very devout Christians.

The most famous one I can think of is Mike Gartner. Always a classy guy - a shame he's out of the NHLPA mix - never had any dirt on him in his career.

Paul Henderson within Canada might be the most famous. His story is fairly spectacular. Became a Christian in 1975 and never seemed to look back. A very interesting public speaker who calls a spade a spade I thought.

Stu Grimson, Mark Osborne and Dean Prentice are others off the bat I can think of. Darryl Sittler isnt openly a big talker, but you'll find he has very strong beliefs after reading his autobiography.

And let's not forget Roger Neilson. Good friend of Mike Fisher as well before his passing. Neilson was a very loyal Christian and talked about it all the time. He never held a grudge against Clarke either for what was done to him, or Ballard for that matter.

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I'm pretty sure Mike Fisher is also a Christian.

Edit: and seconds after posting I see you have it.

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Darcy Hordichuk is a devout Christian

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Dean McAmmond and Peter Budaj.

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My religion is hockey does that count?

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mike rupp is christian, and arnott always wore a gold cross chain when he was in NJ so i assume he is too. also i believe patrik elias does the same.

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Shane Doan, Canucks Prospect Taylor Ellington, Ryan Walter, along with a bunch of others.

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Budaj is a big one. He even has Flanders from the Simpsons on the back of his helmet to signify this.

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Curtis Brown, yet to be mentioned, is one of the most religious athletes you're ever gonna see.

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Avery worship Satan.

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Cammalleri, Schneider, Dubinsky, Grossman and Halpern are Jewish.

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Glen Wesley is a Christian.

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Budaj is a big one. He even has Flanders from the Simpsons on the back of his helmet to signify this.
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Dean McAmmond and Peter Budaj.
Cool, I know Fisher is religious but not Dean.

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I was at a wedding in January and the minister was former NHL defenseman Adam Burt

Matt Schneider is Jewish, correct. Blackhawks draft pick Nate Davis and ECHL/AHL goalie Dov Gromet-Morris both played in the Maccabiah Games in Israel last year. Somebody before asked me if Mike Greene is Jewish. I thought he was, but was not sure.

Any practicing Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists?

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Any practicing Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists?
or Scientologists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses

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or Scientologists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses
Mormon - Dave Checketts, owner of the St. Louis Blues. Trevor Lewis may be as well. He was born and raised in Utah, which has a very large Mormon population. I haven't found anything definitive though.

Look at that, Bill Lindsay is Mormon.

http://www.mormonstoday.com/020104/S...sStats01.shtml


This topic (Mormons has been covered a bit)
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=418306

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Any Atheists?

I heard once that Forsberg was an Atheist, I also remember reading some interview with Sean Bergenheim and they asked him something about life after death and he said He didnt believe in it, so that makes me think he is at least Atheist leaning but who knows

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I heard once that Forsberg was an Atheist
It's very rare to hear any Swedish celebrity speak about their eventual religious beliefs. Most will look at his or her shoes and mumble something about "private matter" and "respecting everyone else" while reminding him/herself never to talk to that journalist again.

It's likely the most private question that could be asked.

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It's very rare to hear any Swedish celebrity speak about their eventual religious beliefs. Most will look at his or her shoes and mumble something about "private matter" and "respecting everyone else" while reminding him/herself never to talk to that journalist again.

It's likely the most private question that could be asked.
really, isnt Atheism very common in Sweden?

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really, isnt Atheism very common in Sweden?
Nope, not much more than anywhere else I'd say.

It's just that religion isn't talked about in any public setting.

It's regarded as intensely private. In general you'll have better luck discussing sexual preferences or the parentage of their kids than discussing religious beliefs.

The ones you'll most likely to hear are on the extreme ends of the scale, which of course even more increases the reluctance to discuss it.

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Nope, not much more than anywhere else I'd say.

It's just that religion isn't talked about in any public setting.

It's regarded as intensely private. In general you'll have better luck discussing sexual preferences or the parentage of their kids than discussing religious beliefs.

The ones you'll most likely to hear are on the extreme ends of the scale, which of course even more increases the reluctance to discuss it.
I'm liking Sweden more and more these days...

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