The Dalai Lama, visiting Boston for a speaking engagement on Sunday pulled on a Boston Bruins hat, pretty well ensuring that the faithful of Boston (both of the Dalai Lama and the Bruins) had yet one more reason to listen intently to the lessons to come.
His Holiness has been on a North American tour in recent weeks, though the only NHL city visited thus far was Vancouver, which perhaps finds itself wishing that someone had been a little quicker on the mark.
The Dali Lama is off to New York City next, though we imagine that his advisers will suggest he keep the Bruins hat in the suitcase for the next few days.
Denis Leary was the first to spread the word of the Dalai Lama's fashion selection for the day, taking to twitter (see left) quickly to make sure that all were informed.
Bob McKenzie of TSN was fairly quick to bring Mr. Leary back down to ice level, providing his own photo collection as evidence that the Dalai Lama plays no favourites when it comes to his North American travels, while at the same time McKenzie suggested that perhaps the Bruins were a little parsimonious in the memorabilia department.
Still, the Bruins success in the divine intervention front on Sunday, clearly sets the bar high for other NHL franchises and with only so many religious leaders out there to offer up a similar hint of team loyalty, we imagine some of the other NHL teams are already sending off their ambassadors.
Montreal will now have to expand their own roster of the divine, perhaps to seek out the Pope, while Toronto may be looking to the head of the Church of England, the Queen to pull on a Maple Leafs journey at some future event.
Then there's the leaders of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism (other than the Tibet version) and the Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches to seek out to name a few, a fairly comprehensive list for the NHL teams to divvy up can be found here.
And while teams that are struggling out of the gate may need more immediate help, some teams perhaps may hold off on their approaches until the playoff push.
We're not sure where LA may fall into the whole quest for a boost, though we imagine a few of the fans in the stands will offer up Scientology as a natural fit. Particularly when you consider the number of celebrities that are members and make the occasional appearance at the Staples Centre.
Still, those who are first prosper the most, and Boston, can take to the ice with serene confidence this week, knowing that the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is ready to go into the corners with them.