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On song
Ice hockey star picks up unusual hitchhiker - Bono
The U2 star was wandering the highways of West Vancouver before a Edmonton Oliers player made his girlfriend turn the car around.

CANADIAN ICE HOCKEY star Gilbert Brule, and his girlfriend Kelsey Nichol, took their German shepherd for a walk this week. But they ended up taking in an Irish rock star.

The Edmonton Oilers player offered a lift to a stranded Bono in West Vancouver on Tuesday – and ended up backstage at a U2 gig the following day.

The Edmonton Journal reports that Brule spotted the Dubliner on the side of the road with his thumb out – but his disbelieving partner refused to stop.

When he eventually persuaded Nichol to turn around, he shouted the singer’s name and Bono hopped into the back seat next to the dog.

The newspaper explains: “Turns out, he and his assistant had gone out for a walk when it started to rain, just before Brule and Nichols happened upon them.”

Gilbert Brule, right, in action for the Oilers.

The singer got the couple backstage passes for a gig in Edmonton 24 hours later writing “My hero Gilbert" on the Oilers player's stub.

And he got a shout-out during the performance. “I like ice hockey because people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers,” Bono told the crowd.

Read more in the Edmonton Journal

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