Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Sing O Canada in Tribute to Ottawa After Tragic Shootings (Video)
The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted their rivals from the other side of the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Flyers, on Wednesday night at Console Energy Arena. So why did Penguins fans sing O Canada before the game? As a sign of solidarity with their neighbors to the north.
Earlier that day in Ottawa, a gunman believed to be inspired by Islamic extremists murdered a Canadian soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at the Canadian National War Memorial on Parliament Hill. He then entered the main Parliament building, known as the Centre Block, where he was shot dead before he could harm anyone else.
As far as terrorist attacks go, the actual damage inflicted was relatively minimal, and it was hardly enough to break the will of a proud country like Canada. It’s the symbolism of the attack that hurts. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, was serving his fellow countrymen—carrying a gun with no bullets—and a coward came up and shot him in the back, sending the entire Canadian capitol into lockdown.
The NHL postponed last night’s scheduled game between the Maple Leafs and Senators, which was supposed to be at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. However, all other games went on as scheduled. So the Penguins decided to pay tribute to the fallen soldier and voice their solidarity with the people of Canada by performing the Canadian National Anthem prior to the game.
Take a look:
Well done, Pittsburgh. Well done.
Hat Tip – [Eye on Hockey]