St. John Paul II swings a St. Louis Blues’ hockey stick given to him by young people during his visit to the Kiel Center in St. Louis for a rally on Jan. 26, 1999. CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters

Was there a little help from a friend?

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  • June 21, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Before the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on June 12 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in the team’s 52-year history, Twitter was alive with hopes for a little divine intervention for such a victory — maybe even from St. John Paul II.

Many a tweet recalled a Jan. 26, 1999, visit the pontiff paid to St. Louis and just how comfortable he looked holding a hockey stick given to him by young people gathered for a rally at the arena that is home to the Blues, then called the Kiel Center.

The Pope also received a special jersey in the Blues’ colours — bearing the name “John Paul II’’ and the number “1.’’

When the Blues headed to the Stanley Cup final, Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis were praying hard for their team, said a May 23 editorial in the St. Louis Review, the archdiocesan newspaper.

“Our city has caught Blues fever with fervour,” it said. “Even Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, not a native of St. Louis but no stranger to hockey as a Minnesota native, exclaimed at the end of his May 22 State of the Archdiocese address to employees: ‘Go Blues!’

“Many people had given up on the Blues, who in January were the worst team in the NHL,” the editorial noted. “It’s a lesson in perseverance and never giving up. It’s a lesson that we certainly could apply to our lives, and especially our faith. There’s always hope. For Catholics, that hope lies in Jesus. And, for #CatholicSTL, in the Blues, too.”

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