LOS ANGELES - Can we get an Amen for hockey?
Pope Francis sent an endorsement letter to the NHL in support of their Declaration of Principles. The Declaration lists beliefs that work to make hockey "build character, foster positive values, and develop important life skills."
Obviously, this is something the Pope was very happy with! The letter from Pope Francis said:
"His Holiness, Pope Francis, was pleased to learn that an international group of hockey organizations has chosen formally to adopt the declaration of principles that emerged from last year's global conference. His Holiness trusts that this significant gesture will inspire greater appreciation for the pivotal role that's played by sports and sportsmanship in training future generations to pursue personal excellence and to promote the spiritual values of teamwork, solidarity and mutual respect that are so necessary."
Don't be surprised if hockey becomes the new after-church activity!