Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/06/06 at 10:15 AM ET
Benjamin Rubin has the combination of speed, size and mean wrist shot that any hockey coach looks for. But perhaps only a former superstar like Patrick Roy would accept the condition that 17-year-old Rubin has insisted on throughout his rise through the sport’s ranks: he will not play or practise on Shabbat or the Jewish holidays. Roy has given a big break to Rubin, who comes from an Orthodox Montreal family, in making him a member of the Quebec City Remparts, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, which he co-owns, manages and coaches. It means that the 6-foot-1, 185-pound left-winger will play only about half of the 70 regular season games. He also won’t be eating with the team; he brings his own kosher food. The QMJHL is part of the Canadian Hockey League, historically a fast track to the NHL for players under age 20. Rubin is guarded about his ambitions. “It’s everyone’s dream to play in the NHL, but right now I just want to play and see how it goes.”more
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