NHL Teams Pay Tribute to Paris Attack Victims

Nov 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; A moment of silence is held prior to the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the New York Rangers for the victims of the terrorist acts in France at an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Photo courtesy of slate.com

As passionate as we all are about the sport of ice hockey, the sports world is a small one compared to all that has happened in the past approximately 96 hours. On Friday, three teams of terrorists attacked six locations in Paris, France, including a concert hall and stadium. At least 129 people were killed. 352 were injured, 99 in very serious condition.

On Saturday, each of 12 arenas hosting an NHL game held a momentum of silence paying tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.

The sports world, especially the NHL, has seen its fair share of tributes to tragedies like this. In 2013, the NHL paid tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others in mid-2013. The Boston Bruins game on the day of the attack had to be postponed as a result. On October 22, 2014, the Ottawa Parliament was under attack by terrorists. The NHL subsequently paid tribute to those affected by the shooting, including the two soldiers killed.

In response to the Paris attacks on Friday, the NHL issued a security advisory for all NHL teams to have heightened security.

As a fan, all of this makes me sad and frustrated. This is, unfortunately, the world we live in. I don’t think there’s any sane person in the world who isn’t greatly upset by this latest tragedy. The world has suffered enough. We will stand strong against all evil. That said, thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the Paris attacks.

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