Hockey Fans, United As One!

Its 1:49 am eastern standard time here in Toronto Ontario as I sit still trying to grasp the events that took place a little over 16 hours ago in Ottawa Ontario. For those of you who haven’t heard a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial. He then went on to Parliament Hill’s Center Block where he was shot dead, an incident that turned the capital of Canada into a frenzy.

When I was in grade school, I was always taught about how Canada were always the good guys and everything was peace and love here. This incident in Ottawa changed that. Although, it’s not something that killed many people, it was still an act of terrorism.

Something special happened today though! Hockey!

No it wasn’t a game. Today over social media today my twitter feed blew up with fans from around the world; China, France, Sweden, United States, Finland, and many other’s took to twitter to show their affection with Canada, and send  their best wishes and prayers. To me, that’s what got me through the day. Hockey  brings me peace of mind. To be honest, if Hockey Night in Canada didn’t exist I would be lost. It’s my safe zone, and you can make fun of me for that if you want, but every time a game is on and you see the goal’s, the fights, the fans, and the faces of the winning team it keeps me calm, and brings me happiness!

Today, hockey proved it was more than just a game. There is more to it than all the politics going on in Jr Hockey, the players in the show making millions etc. Today hockey showed it was a community. A group of people who at a time of tragedy, put aside personal differences, nationalities, favorite teams , and every thing else passionate fans carry , can come together and be one. Even if it’s for a day, it’s something that I will always appreciate. Today, there was no fighting about who is better in the fan forums, there were no Americans fighting Canadians, and vice versa about who is the true hockey country! No. Today we all came together, and for one day we were all just united as one. A group of fans who came together to make sense of a bad situation. Whether it was on HF boards, Facebook or Twitter, or if you decided to take a listen to an old Steve Dangle Podcast. It took hockey for a group of individuals to come together to make sense of tragedy, and to me that is something that speaks volumes!

Tomorrow we wake up, and all will not be forgotten. Ottawa, for the foreseeable future won’t be the same!  For my Ottawa readers we are one with you right now! Don’t be afraid to take back your city! #OttawaStrong

To the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, my heart is with you guys tonight. Nathan died a hero, and that’s how  I will remember him!

To our brothers and sister’s south of the border in the United States, you all are wonderful. We love and appreciate the support. United we stand in moments like this!

Written by: Sebastian Jackson

A proud Canadian!

Sebastian Jackson
Sebastian Jackson: Born: Near Windsor Ontario Studied at Centennial College In Toronto Ontario. I am a hockey blogger for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. Currently reside in the Greater Toronto area. Favorite NHL team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. I have been doing freelance writing for 2 years now and its nice to finally have a home at local sports report. I am very active in the community as I am  a proud advocate of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and The Canadian Cancer Society!


  1. Steven

    October 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Yeah, great article! Hockey does heal! Your writing is coming together bro.

  2. David

    October 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Writing is getting better kid

    hockey fans will always u nite in times like these

  3. james

    October 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Well written article, couldn’t have been worded better

  4. Wendy

    October 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Sebastian that was good !! I’m proud of you 🙂

    It’s nice to know how everyone comes together in moments like these ! R.I.P Nathan Cirillo you fought for us and our country

  5. Dillon

    October 24, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Very good article man! Happy that somebody actually still cares about what’s happening in this country.


  6. Mateen

    October 24, 2014 at 12:26 am

    True North strong and free, great article

  7. Chris

    October 24, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Hey man good article

    cant help but notice the hate from the jackasses above

    keep your head up Sebastian and stay focused

    don’t let these posters bring you down.


  8. Matt

    October 24, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Don’t let these people that are commenting bring your spirits down man. You did a good job with this article. Some grammatical errors but nothing that made me miss the point. We all need something to give us peace of mind. Glad you found yours .

  9. Felicia

    October 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I am so proud of you babe, your writing is getting better and better with each article you write! My mom and I are behind you a 100%! And I’m glad you were able to write about this topic!

  10. Marge

    October 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Can I simply say what a reduction to find somebody who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know the right way to bring a difficulty to light and make it important. More people must learn this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant imagine youre no more fashionable because you undoubtedly have the gift.

    • Sebastian Jackson

      Sebastian Jackson

      October 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you Marge,

      I really appreciate the comment!