The Holy Goalie supports the St. Louis Blues

After going to a game with a couple priests, the Blues' season started looking up.

Fred Bodimer
June 08, 2019 - 10:07 am
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois is keeping a close eye on the St. Louis Blues march toward the Stanley Cup. 

Nicknamed "The Holy Goalie," Bishop Thomas Paprocki is a hockey fanatic who still plays goaltender in a local amateur Masters Hockey League.

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"I'm pulling for the Blues, I'd like to see them win," Bishop Paprocki tells KMOX.  "Even though I'm a Blackhawks fan from way back, it would be nice to see the Blues win." 

Bishop Paprocki gives his fellow goalie, Jordan Binnington, high marks for his work between the pipes.

"The first time I saw him play was in early January," said Bishop Paprocki.  "The Blues were playing the Montreal Canadians.  I went to that game because I do like to see goalies and Carey Price, the goalie for the Canadians, was in town and I wanted to go see him.  That was one of the first games Jordan Binnington played and he outplayed Carey Price which is really saying a lot."

It was after that win that Bishop Paprocki says the Blues started their winning ways.

"I don't know if my presence had anything to do with it," said Bishop Paprocki.  "But after I went to that game with a couple of priests, the Blues were in last place at the time and ever since then, the season has turned around."

Bishop Paprocki has authored a book combining his two loves — titled "Holy Goals for Body and Soul." 

From June 17 thru the 19, he'll teach goalie skills to kids and serve as the chaplain for the annual Catholic Hockey Camp in Springfield

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