Bono Gives Hockey Player Surprise of His Life

Nicole Fabian-Weber

bonoHockey player Gilbert Brule of the Edmonton Oilers and his girlfriend were on their way to a West Vancouver park to get their German Shepherd some exercise on Wednesday when, lo and behold, they decided to stop for a hitchhiker.

Freaked out by the notion of picking up a perfect stranger, who could very easily be packing a machete or a scythe, Brule's girlfriend didn't want him to stop. But when they got a little closer, they realized it was ... could it be ... Bono from U2.

Apparently the rock star and his assistant had decided to go for a walk and it started raining. Bono was just doing what every ridiculously rich and famous man would do -- hitching a ride from a perfect stranger who could easily be packing a machete or a scythe.

The end to this story is a happy one, though. The U2 frontman did not hack Brule and his girlfriend into itty bitty pieces, but instead gave them the coolest reward ever.

Duh, backstage passes to his show! But that's not the crazy part. The crazy part is that Gilbert and his girlfriend sold their tickets to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in order to go to the show. If there are two things Gilbert Brule has, it's his priorities straight and one lucky girlfriend.

To top it off, Bono sang Brule's praises to the crowd at the show, saying:

I like people who play ice hockey -- they stop for hitchhikers. I know this from experience. 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.

Bono then compared bandmate, The Edge, to another famous former Oiler, saying he's "the Wayne Gretzky of U2." Such a jokester.

I'd imagine athletes' girlfriends get lots of perks -- front row seats to games, free fancy dinners, vacations to the Caribbean -- but hanging out with Bono and The Edge on a whim, that's pretty damn cool.

Would you pick up a hitchhiker? What if it was Bono?


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