A touching tribute kicked off a recent NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Wednesday night (Oct. 22), the two teams paid tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was murdered outside the National War Memorial in Ottawa that same day.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Ottawa and across Canada. Please join us in the singing of ‘O Canada.'”
Penguins anthem singer Jeff Jimerson sang the Canadian national anthem, and the crowd joined in with a show of unity and respect.
The CONSOL Energy Centre cast a red glow on the arena, complete with maple leaf-shaped spotlights on opposite ends of the ice mimicking the Canadian flag.
The Penguins are no strangers to Canadian players, including current captain Sidney Crosby. Both teams shared tweets about the tribute, with the Penguins asserting that "Some things are bigger than hockey."
The Senators were scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the game was postponed until further notice.