- Oct 30, 2020
As great as Leonard (Red) Kelly was as a hockey player — and he was one of the best, with eight Stanley Cup titles over an illustrious 20-year National Hockey League career — he will perhaps best be remembered for being a humble, devoted family man and a true gentleman.
Crying, hugging and shaking their heads in grief, the people of Humboldt gathered at the local hockey arena April 8 for an interfaith service to mourn 15 people who died after the bus carrying the town’s junior hockey team collided with a truck.
Brian Gionta, captain of the U.S. men’s Olympic ice hockey team, competed in the 2006 Winter Games and played on three NHL teams, but his skating roots go back to his Catholic high school and college teams.
Hannah and Marissa Brandt, sisters and graduates of Catholic schools, play on women’s Olympic ice hockey teams competing in this year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Canada’s Wayne Gretzky, who during the 80s and 90s became the most prolific scorer of all time in ice hockey, once said something that seems deeply prophetic in the Church’s current circumstances: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The Church needs to try new things, even if it means failing: Because if current trends continue for a few more decades, Catholics will be dealing with far more challenges than whatever discomfort may arise today from experimenting with an unproven initiative or two.