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Q+A JOHN KERRY
Kostya Kennedy
February 09, 2004
The Democratic presidential candidate and senator from Massachusetts played hockey, lacrosse and soccer at Yale and, at 60, is still a jock.
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February 09, 2004

Q+a John Kerry

The Democratic presidential candidate and senator from Massachusetts played hockey, lacrosse and soccer at Yale and, at 60, is still a jock.

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SI: What was your greatest sports highlight in college?

Kerry: It had to be in soccer. I scored a hat trick against Harvard, and we beat them for the first time in years. That was just a great day.

SI: Weren't you playing in a soccer game when you found out John F. Kennedy had been shot?

Kerry: Yes. I still remember that hush go over the crowd when the announcement was made. But I don't remember the score.

SI: When did you start playing hockey?

Kerry: On frozen ponds in New Hampshire as a kid. There weren't many artificial rinks then. I chipped a few teeth, got a few stitches in my face along the way. But it's a great game.

SI: You play in charity games with ex-NHL players. What's that like?

Kerry: Like you're a kid in heaven. I mean, you come off your shift and your tongue is hanging out and you look over and there's Ray Bourque sitting next to you. Then you look to your other side and there's Phil Esposito. Then you feel a hand on your back and someone says "nice shift," and it's Gordie Howe. Come on. It doesn't get better than that.

SI: How did people react when you acknowledged Ray Bourque's retirement on the Senate floor?

Kerry: I don't know. I just know he's a great athlete, and I believe great athletes should be honored.

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