Reimer keeping the faith

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:08 AM ET

TORONTO - Bringing the broad topic of religion into the confines of a six-by-four net can be controversial. But Brian Burke sees a link to James Reimer’s strong belief in God and the resolute character that has brought him this far, this fast.

“He’s a very mature kid. He’s a very religious kid and I think his faith really helps him in the position,” Burke told Rogers Sportnet this week. “He doesn’t experience the highs and lows maybe that other guys would.”

Reimer, raised in the tiny Mennonite community of Morweena, Man., didn’t mind that his boss made the connection between the crease and the cross.

“That’s what Christianity offers and that what it does for me,” Reimer said Thursday at the MasterCard Centre. “It is a calming thing, it helps you to see the big picture.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’ve said before, if I let in six or I get a shutout, there’s always a reason for it, so you never have to worry.”

But the 23-year-old wasn’t about to suggest he’s always been at peace with himself and the high-stress profession he has chosen. “You still hate to lose and I was very nervous as a kid,” he said.

Reimer got a chuckle out of those who think all Mennonites are plainly dressed people driving horse and buggies.

“We get up in the morning, we drive cars, we have satellite television,” Reimer said. “Some of us work in an office, some of us play goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs.”


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