Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers
Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
When: 7:00 PM PST
Where to watch: CBC, SN
Where to listen: Sportsnet650
Opposition Blog: The Copper And Blue
Sometimes, it takes a jolt to provide you with some perspective. Heading into tonight’s contest, the general mood was mixed: excitement that lingered from Thursday’s tour de force performance in their last game in front of the Canucks faithful, and sorrow that the last chance to see Daniel Sedin and brother Henrik was soon upon us.
The hockey world has been shaken to its core with the unfolding tragedy last night in Saskatchewan. 14 members of the Humboldt Broncos, including their Head Coach, Team Captain and play by play announcer were killed, and another 14 injured, 3 of them with life threatening injuries. It’s brought back memories of the bus crash in 1986 that killed 4 members of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos, and the horrific plane crash in 2011 that killed the entire Lokomotiv Jaroslavl team from the KHL, including former Canuck Pavol Demitra.
I had planned to wax poetic about how truly grateful I was, as a fan of this team and this game, to have been a witness to the greatness of the Sedin Brothers. And while I still cary many of the emotions I mentioned earlier, my heart is so heavy with grief, that writing anything feels so completely pointless. I am originally from Saskatchewan, and have a lot of family there, and now live in a small town not unlike Humboldt. So please, if you can, take a moment and go to the Go Fund Me page set up to raise funds for the families of the victims in this terrible tragedy.
Take time to remember these kids, and about the things that really matter. Life is fleeting, so things that make you happy should be cherished and embraced, and never taken for granted.
I’m sorry I couldn’t bring myself to write a more fitting tribute to Danny and Hank tonight, but I am sure they know how we all feel about them, and all they’ve done in their time as Vancouver Canucks.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
For the fallen, and those they’ve left behind. The hockey world is with you, and we won’t let you fall. Rest in peace.