Oh My Gawd!
Not knowing much about David Booth, I was quite curious to check his After Hours interview on CBC last Saturday.
What I wasn’t expecting to find was Booth’s pride in his religious beliefs. Booth spoke of his belief that God had a plan for him, one that included both the concussion saga of a few years back and this week’s shocking trade to the Vancouver Canucks.
I’ll be honest. After watching draft interviews with Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi during the draft, as well as endearing his preachy tweets all summer, I was ready to assume Booth was cut from the same cloth as Grimaldi or NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
But he’s not.
Booth is the kind of soft-spoken Christian that I absolutely adore and remember vividly from my time as a young church-goer until youth soccer switched to Sunday mornings. He’s kind and considerate and quietly uses his beliefs as a driving force in his life.
It’s the type of positive energy that could go a long way in the Canucks dressing room.
Booth won’t be alone. Dan Hamhuis is a Christian as well, which only means that he dedicates his life to charity work and community events. Booth himself put together an annual Christian hockey camp back in Miami, and I would imagine the Canucks would only be more than happy to continue the camp in Vancouver.
Markus Naslund as well had tremendous faith in his lord and was rewarded with a divine wrist shot.
So it was surprising somewhat that Booth’s belief in God has created such a discussion.
Booth mentions his faith in God in the context of the Richards hit, and how it allowed him to grow and get stronger instead of allowing his career to fade away.
This is a positive, positive man and if his belief in God has taken him this far I’ll say as many hail marys as needed to help him win the cup in Vancouver.
I’ll take the confident Christian over the hard-partier any day of the week.