Nifty assist: NHL player picks up hitchhiking Bono

This was one nifty assist by an NHL player.

Edmonton Oilers center Gilbert Brule stopped this week to pick
up a most unlikely hitchhiker – rock star Bono.

The U2 frontman and his assistant were walking in West
Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday when they got caught in the
rain. Fortunately for them, Brule and his girlfriend were driving
by, taking their German shepherd to a park.

Bono hopped in for a ride. To thank them, he offered Brule and
his girlfriend backstage passes for the U2 concert Wednesday night
at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. The couple sold their tickets
to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between Boston and Vancouver,
took a flight back to Edmonton and went to the show with Brule’s
mom.

”I like people who play ice hockey – they stop for hitchhikers.
I know this from experience,” Bono told the concert crowd.

”I was hitchhiking in Vancouver yesterday, actually I was! And
this guy and his girlfriend picked me up. He was cool, an ice
hockey player, his name was Gilbert Brule as it happens, I’m so
grateful I’ve decided I want to be Gilbert Brule.”

With hockey on his mind, Bono compared his bandmates to former
Oiler greats, calling The Edge, ”The Wayne Gretzky of U2.”

”We go to walk our dog and Bono ends up in our car,” Brule
told the Edmonton Journal.

The 24-year-old Brule missed half of this season because of
illnesses, intestinal problems, a sprained ankle and a
concussion.