The Chicago Blackhawks will be reaching out to a higher power this Thursday, January 12 when Bishop Thomas Paprocki from the Archdiocese of Chicago attends the team's practice. Better known as the "Holy Goalie," Bishop Paprocki was invited by the team to suit up and hit the ice to take some rubber from the Blackhawks' players.
"It is quite an honor to be asked by the Blackhawks to partake in an NHL practice," said Bishop Paprocki. "Some of my earliest memories are of going to the old Chicago Stadium with my dad to see the Blackhawks play and watching my idols Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito."
Bishop Paprocki was ordained in 2003 and is in charge of overseeing 59 parishes in the Chicago area. He has been featured in USA Hockey Magazine and local papers for not only his prowess between the pipes but also for his love of sports and how he views them as a good training ground for whatever one decides to do in life.
The Blackhawks will practice at the United Center on Thursday in between home starts Wednesday, January 11 versus the Philadelphia Flyers and Friday, January 13 against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Friday's game will be televised live on Comcast Sports Net.