Saturday, May 05, 2007

An Athlete's Dilemma

Benjamin Rubin is an excellent 18 year old hockey player. In fact, he is one of the best young hockey players in Quebec. How do I know this? His coach, legendary goalie Patrick Roy of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Club Quebec Remparts said so - told him he had the talent to possibly make it to the NHL. There is only one problem - Benjamin is Orthodox, and won't play or practice on Shabbat. As this article points out, it may mean the end of the Benjamin's NHL dream, as the Ramparts won't have him back and the Canadiens have backed off from drafting him. It will be very interesting to see if anyone drafts him or is willing to sign him to even a minor league contract. If he makes the NHL, Rubin would be the first known Orthodox athlete to play a major league sport in North America, or, for that matter, Israel, as Tamir Goodman, the only Orthodox athlete in Israeli professional sports is currently playing for a basketball team in the league below the Israeli Premier League

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