Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/03/12 at 01:56 AM ET
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Sacramento Bee,
Inside Jaromir Jagr’s locker stall, in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center and any arena where the Flyers play, a small memento is wrapped in blue felt.
It is a trifold, no more than six inches in length. It sits next to Jagr’s hockey tape, stick wax, and various weights and braces and training contraptions.
It does not stand out, except for the shine reflecting off the gilded hand-painted faces of the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Holy Trinity, and the fact that religious icons in hockey dressing rooms are rarer than Stanley Cup-clinching goals.
Jagr, 40, rarely leaves home without his religious relics. He keeps one with him at most times, in his pocket or in his wallet. Jagr has a cross drawn on each of his game sticks, just under where his cocked hands perform nightly miracles of a different kind on the ice.
Hearing his Flyers teammates talk about his “religious” work ethic, you would hardly know Jagr is a man who visits church on mostly every game day, even on the road.
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