Skating priest serves God on ice hockey rink

This Russian priest wants to bring God to the ice rink

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ARCHPRIEST AT ST. MARTYRS FLORUS AND LAURUS CHURCH, ALEXANDER DUBASOV, SAYING: (STANDING AT ICE RINK):

"My name is Alexander Dubasov. I am a priest. I serve God and people, and I am the archpriest at Saint martyrs Florus and Laurus church."

LOCATION: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Dubasov became an ice hockey referee at the age of 50

He's been a fan of the sport since his early childhood

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ARCHPRIEST AT ST. MARTYRS FLORUS AND LAURUS CHURCH, ALEXANDER DUBASOV, SAYING:

"How it has happened, with skating? In my childhood, from early years, I used to skate and play hockey. Then there was a pause. Then, when my kids were growing up I began bringing them to a rink and remembered that I used to skate too. But ice skating per se is not so exciting, and I remembered that I also played hockey."

He has found several like-minded people in his parish

and they started playing ice hockey in their spare time

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ARCHPRIEST AT ST. MARTYRS FLORUS AND LAURUS CHURCH, ALEXANDER DUBASOV, SAYING:

"It is not just about enjoying hockey. It is about serving people. Because people always raise questions about the church, people, relationships, something else. I realized, that it is a wonderful service. And that you can serve where you have a chance to."

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