Todd Ulrick and Coach Braun came out to talk with the teams about Hockey Ministries International and how they would like to corrdinate a voluntary chapel time throughout the season for players would like to attend.
For 40 years, Hockey Minitistries have gone to the arena with a subtle, ice-level approach, interacting with players in informal settings. There approach is best described by veteran Hockey Ministries team member and Stanley Cup winner, Chico Resch:
"Today a church is not only a dwelling or building, but also something much more fluid.
Sometimes the church is a rink, locker room, hotel lobby or an encounter that takes place on the ice."
They understand that for the people who play, coach, officiate and parent, hockey is more than a sport – it is a culture. It is a community where a theme of “survival of the fittest” often prevails. People can become so consumed with winning at all costs that they struggle for inner peace and purpose beyond the game.
And for those players and families that do recognize the importance of peace and significance outside of hockey, the demands of the sport make it difficult to fill that need through consistent worship opportunities. Hockey Ministries has stepped into the gap by bringing much needed spiritual support for those in the world of hockey.