New Jersey Devils winger Jakub Voracek believes his name is a “joke” because he believes he’s Jewish.
He told NJ Advance Media’s Chris Bickell on Tuesday that the name of his idol is not “true,” but he believes it is a symbol for the faith.
Voracek is the son of Finnish-born father Jeroen Voraceck and Swedish-born mother Mårten.
He played college hockey in Finland before signing with the New Jersey franchise in 2013.
He played four seasons with the Devils, scoring 27 goals and 75 points in 172 games.
He has scored a total of 39 goals in 462 career games.
Bickell: “So, if I say I’m Jewish, what do you do?”
Voraclek: “I don’t know.
I don’t really have a name.”
Bicoll: “You have to say something.”
Vorach: “Well, it’s not really that important to me.”BIColl: Do you think you’re Jewish?
VorACEK: “No, I don�t think so.”
Bicskell: If I say you are Jewish, how do you know it?VORACEK is: “It�s just not something I think about.
I�m not sure.”VORACLEK: But it�s not a name that I think is important to know.BICLL: Do your parents have any connection to Judaism?
Vora: “My mom is a Jehovah�s Witness and my dad is an Orthodox Jew.
I guess that�s the only thing that has come up.
I think they both have the same belief that it�ll be a good place to grow up.”
Bicycles with Jewish symbols are a common sight in the Garden State.
Bicsoll: Is there a Jewish group in New Jersey that you know?
Vorracek: I have no idea.
Bicoll : “How are they doing?”VORACH: I think it�d be pretty interesting.
We�re all pretty much the same.
But I think everybody wants to know, like, how we feel about the Jews.VORAFLEK was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1967, making him the youngest of three siblings.
His parents, who immigrated from Latvia, raised him with his father, Jeroel, and his mother, Mårti, in the Finnish city of Tampere.
Vora played college basketball at University of Vermont and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1998.
He then signed with the Florida Panthers in 2000.
He was signed to a two-year, $4.25 million contract with the team that fall.
He scored 34 goals and 64 points in 82 games during the 2000-01 season, helping the Panthers win the Stanley Cup.
He then signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins that year, but was traded to the New York Rangers at the end of the season, along with center David Backes, defenseman Justin Faulk and goalie Scott Gomez.
Voranacleks last season saw the Penguins lose in six games to the Pittsburgh Red Wings.
Bicyclist Jakub is a fan of New York Islanders and the Brooklyn Nets.
He said he hopes to get to know more of the city.
He said he likes the Islanders� jersey.
He was raised in the city of Karelia, Latvia, which is a small town on the Baltic Sea.
Vorraclekes mother said the city has been a great part of his life.BICSELL: Is he a fan?VORSACK: Yeah.
BICLL : “What is his favorite New York team?”Vora : “I�m a fan.”BICSECK: Are you a fan as well?
Vorsacek : “Well I don`t really know.
The New York teams have the most fans, I think. It doesn�t really matter to me what the team is, but I am a big fan of the Islanders.”
Bicalell: “How do you feel about New York?”
Voras hometown is Long Island, New York.
Biscayne Beach native and Nassau County resident Vesa Vora is the eldest of five children.
Vorsaclekas first hockey memory was watching the New England Patriots play in Boston.
He attended a private school in Karelie until he was 13 years old.
Bicalll: “What did you want to do when you grew up?”VORSACEK : I really liked the idea of having a normal life, but then, as I grew up, I thought about how I wanted to go to college.
BICSELL : “So that�ll take you to Boston?”
Vorsak: Yeah, I can