Hockey rallied behind Canada by uniting pregame ceremonies in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto days after the country was rattled by violence.
The Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs held a simultaneous moment of silence and singing of “Oh, Canada.” Players in Ottawa were accompanied by members of Canada’s military on the ice in appreciation of their service and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.
It was a heartwarming moment that showed the NHL was willing to take a backseat to a nation, since the league originally postponed the Senators-Maple Leafs match after the shootings at the memorial and Parliament Hill occurred.
Among the highlights were the Senators and Devils surrounding anthem singer Lyndon Slewidge at center ice at the Canadian Tire Centre:
-- Anna Celia Gallegos