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Heavenly Father, Divine Goalie, we come before You this evening to seek Your blessing. . . ..Keep us free from actions that would put us in the Sin Bin of Hell. . . .Help us to stay within the blue line of Your commandments and the red line of Your grace. Protect us from being injured by the buck of pride. May we ever be delivered from the high stick of dishonesty. May the wings of Your angels play at the right and left of our teammates. May You always be the divine Center of our team, and when our summons comes for eternal retirement to the heavenly grandstand, may we find You ready to give us the everlasting bonus of a permanent seat in Your coliseum. Finally, grant us the courage to skate without tripping, to run without icing, and to score the goal that really counts–the one that makes each of us a winner, a champion, and All-Star in the hectic Hockey Game of Life. Amen

Charles S. Prebish
— Father Edward Rupp

My late brother had this on his cork board for years.  I was cleaning out the garage this weekend and came across it (along with a picture of a young Denny Savard).  The paper it was on is getting warn so I retyped it into Google Docs.  I then decided to look it up to see where it came from .  It seems it was written by Charles S. Prebish who is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he served on the faculty from 1971 until 2006. He is also Charles Redd Chair in Religious Studies Emeritus at Utah State University, where he served from January 2007 until December 2010 (

I found what may have been the original writing of this here [].

I wish my brother was here now.  It has been so many years.

Edited 6/13/2020. It turns out that Charles S. Prebish wrote about this excerpt in his paper which was actually delivered by Father Edward Rupp before the 1976 World Hockey Association All-Star game. I am only to assume at this point it was written by Father Rupp as well.

This has been a really exciting season, it is fun to watch the Hawks again.  There is so much life in the team and the fans.  I can’t wait to get back into the stadium to see them play!

I have to thank Rocky Wertz for this.  Thank you for bringing all games back to TV.  Thank you for bring Pat Foley back as our voice.  Thank you for giving us the tools we need to get back on top.  Its up to the team, a team which is finally gelling after more then a decade of dieing.

See you in the play-offs.

I just read an article in the Daily Southtown which says the Blackhawks are returning to the air when the are at home! All I have to say to this is, thank you Rocky Wirtz, may you run the Blackawks as a 2010 company not a 1966 company.

As a life-long Chicago Blackhawks fan, I am no stranger to disappointment. A great start to the Super Bowl game, kick-off return for a score in 14 seconds, woot. Not a whole lot after that. A few sparks, then nothing. The Colts played a good game, they most certainly deserve this win. As it goes, “Better luck next time”.

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