I hope this finds you well, after the tragedy that occurred in Boston yesterday. The news found me at work, and after I anxiously awaited to hear if my best friend was alright, I found my nerves focused on the Bruins boys. In particular my mind jumped to the two Twitter-nuts Tyler Seguin and Andrew Ference. Seguin has tweeted maybe an hour before about all the traffic in Boston, and I’d assumed Ference would be all over the marathon. The boys both started tweeting around three, Ference showing his heart and sympathy.
The Bruins game was postponed for obvious reasons, Cam Neely offering an official statement. Meanwhile other hockey franchises reached out to show their support.
Twitter became flooded with well wishes for Boston, #prayforBoston ending most. NHL teams and individual players took to social media to express their sympathy. Multiple members of the New York Rangers tweeted their support, including Brian Boyle, Michael Del Zotto, Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, along with many members of their farm team, the CTWhale, as well. The Dallas Stars were quick to offer their condolences.
@nhlbruins our deepest sympathies are with you and everyone in Boston. Stay safe, friends.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 15, 2013
The Chicago Tribune devoted the cover of its Sports section to our city (see right).
Moments of silence were held at multiple games last night, most heartwarming was the Montreal Canadiens v. Philidelphia Flyers silence. Showing that despite rivalries people can come together during difficult times. The Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars game and the San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes game also paused pregame in support.
At practice this morning the Bruins Twitter had encouraging quotes from all of the guys on how to move forward.
I don’t want to say that there is a bright side from this, because it is hard to believe that anything bright can come from something so dark. But a silver lining would be to admire the love and respect the hockey community has for each other during these difficult times. Especially to look at those who risked their own lives to help the fallen. Ference tweeted about his girls and what it was like to be a parent in a situation like this.
Told them that although there might be a bad person out there, we saw thousands who ran to help.Way more good people in this world than bad.
— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) April 16, 2013
I hope Brad Marchand is right in his desire to give Boston something to believe in. As it is needed more than ever now. Below is the eight year old boy, Martin Richards, who died in the explosions.
As Obama mentioned in his speech yesterday, “Boston is a resilient town; so are its people“. Boston will rally to push through this, and come out stronger on the other side.
As for rescheduling the game, Jack Edwards pointed out on twitter that “NHL season scheduled to end Sat 27Apr. In order to make up game Bs would have to play 3 nights in a row. Can’t do that by NHL rules. Sun 28?” So I’ll keep an ear to the ground for more on that.
EDIT: The Ottawa game has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 28 at TD Garden.
Best of luck to those injured and traumatized, my thoughts are with you. Go B’s!