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Minnesota Wild v St Louis Blues - Game Four
Hockey is about making friends
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The Pope is a hockey fan. It’s official. As you can read in the Pioneer Press article posted below, 17 different hockey groups combined their efforts to release a “Declaration of Principles” meant to foster interest in hockey and grow the game. Evidently Pope Francis was informed of the declaration and shared his approval. While I trust that he is a man of discernment and thus a fan of the Minnesota Wild, a small part of me hopes he cheers for the Devils.

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