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!