The Canadian Anthem is sung when a Canadian team is playing an NHL game. It doesn’t matter where the teams play.

This week, a killer ran amok in Canada’s capital and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillio. In Quebec, a Warrant Officer named Patrice Vincent also was killed. This week, Canada was hit with their first terrorist attack. This week the Canadian Anthem was sung in the U.S. as tribute to Canada and her lost men.

A moment of silence was observed at the Calgary Flames vs. Carolina Hurricanes game on Thursday in Calgary. The singer, George Canyon sang ‘O, Canada’ as a huge flag was unfolded on center ice. The Boston Bruins played the New York Islanders this week, and the Canadian Anthem was sung before the U.S. anthem. When the San Jose Sharks played the Columbus Blue Jackets, they also played the Canadian Anthem as a tribute to Canada.

Canadians and Americans are very much alike. Canada was there when terror hit the States. Now it is America’s turn. It is great to know that it  doesn’t matter who wins the Stanley Cup or who comes in second place, it only matters that the NHL is a family.

The league mourns the loss of innocents. The pain is felt across the border. When it comes to terrorist attacks, both countries will never be the same.


Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, her team is always the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of falling for movie stars, Rochelle fell for hockey players. As she grew up, her passion grew to include wanting to be the first female NHL player, the first female 'water' girl for her team and catching a true NHL puck. She did try for the puck, only to learn that A) the puck could have killed her, if she tried to get it or B) you needed to buy one. Years later Rochelle still loves the game! Now a days instead of wanting to join the players, (don't let her fool you, she still wants to join the team) she writes about them. Her one wish in the world is to be alive when the Toronto Maple Leafs win their next Stanley Cup! Rochelle has a certificate in Marketing/Communications at the British Columbia School of Technology and a writing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has started her own writing company, "From Rochelle's Pen".


  1. I would like to point out that here in Buffalo, we sing the Canadian Anthem no matter who we play, American or Canadian team. Possibly because we have some many Canadians that come to the games, but I feel that it is nice that we recognize our neighbors by singing their anthem no matter what. We also do it at our football and lacrosse games.

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