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Hockey Star Picks Up Hitchhiking Bono In Canada

June 3rd, 2011 9:22am EDT

Bono U2 star Bono was forced to hitchhike in Canada earlier this week after he was caught out by a storm.

The rocker and his assistant were walking through West Vancouver on Tuesday when the weather turned nasty.

Rather than walk on Bono tried to catch a driver's attention - and was shocked to discover Edmonton Oilers ice hockey pro Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend Kelsey Nichols in the car.

Nichols tells the Edmonton Journal, "I didn't want to stop, but they waved and G yelled, 'That's Bono!' I didn't believe him, so I kept driving."

Brule then convinced his partner to turn around to pick up the rock star and his assistant - and he was stunned when Bono offered the couple tickets and backstage passes to U2's show in Edmonton on Wednesday.

And the rocker gave a special shout-out to Brule during the gig, telling the crowd, "I like ice hockey because people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers. I'm ever so grateful. I've decided that I want to be Gilbert Brule."

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