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.