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- Posted on Jun 2nd 2011 5:30PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to an article today (June 2) in the Edmonton Journal, Kelly Nichols and her boyfriend, Edmonton Oilers player Gilbert Brule, were driving to take their dog for a walk when they saw two hitchhikers caught in the rain near the West Vancouver Yacht Club.
After debating whether or not one of them could possibly be the U2 frontman, Brule and Nichols came to the aid of Bono and his assistant, earning them a stadium-size thank you.
"I like ice hockey because people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers," announced Bono during U2's June 1 concert in Edmonton, AB., the night after his roadside rescue. "I'm ever so grateful. I've decided that I want to be Gilbert Brule."
Thanks to their good deed, Brule and Nichols were onhand at Commonwealth Stadium to hear Bono express his gratitude as they'd happily accepted his offer to attend the concert. They even had backstage passes personalized by Bono with "Thanks for the ride" and "My hero Gilbert."
"We go to walk our dog and Bono ends up in our car," Brule told the Edmonton Journal. An amazing story, sure, but one that has to rub diehard hockey fans the wrong the way since the Edmonton Oilers player sold his treasured tickets to Game One of the Vancouver Canucks/Boston Bruins Stanley Cup finals in order to make the U2 concert the same night.
On the other hand, the incident did spark lots of hockey talk at the rock show.
"Larry is more Mark Messier, if you know what I mean," Bono joked about drummer Larry Mullen Jr. while dubbing The Edge "the Wayne Gretzky of U2."