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Oiler Brule picks up a hitchhiking Bono

Edmonton Oilers' Gilbert Brule celebrates a goal as New York Islanders' Matt Moulson skates by...

Edmonton Oilers' Gilbert Brule celebrates a goal as New York Islanders' Matt Moulson skates by during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton January 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)

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There are valid reasons why you shouldn't pick up a hitchhiker -- but what if it was the lead singer of U2?

The story about an Oilers run-in with Bono has gone viral, with news outlets from around the world picking up the story -- including the New York Post.

The Irish-born singer told the crowd of 65,000 about a chance encounter with Edmonton Oilers centre, Gilbert Brule.

"I was hitchhiking in Vancouver just yesterday — actually I was," Bono said.

"And this guy and his girlfriend picked me up and they are in a truck. And he was very cool. Turns out he was an ice hockey player – Gilbert Brule – as it happens."

Bono told the crowd he was walking in west Vancouver earlier in the week with his assistant when it started to rain, so he stuck out his thumb for a ride.

A shocked Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend Kelsey Nichols saw the rock star and pulled over to pick him up.

"They picked up this Irish hitchhiker and I'm ever so grateful. I've decided now that I want to be Gilbert Brule."

Bono reportedly paid back the favour by giving the couple tickets and backstage passes to last night's show.

"I like ice hockey because people who play ice hockey are the kind of people who pick up hitchhikers," Bono said.

allison.salz@sunmedia.ca


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