NHL reacts to tragic day in Ottawa
Players take to Twitter following terrible events
The battle of Ontario was set aside following a tragic day in Ottawa. Players from both the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs voiced their support for the city of Ottawa on Twitter.
Before Wednesday night's game was officially postponed by the NHL, all the players were clearly shaken by the days shootings. The NHL community is uniting behind Ottawa as they try to get through the devastating events.
Senators' captain Erik Karlsson was one of the first to respond, which started a wave of support from both sides of the rivalry.
Makes me sad what's going on in Ottawa right now. Thoughts and prays to everyone involved. Everybody stay safe—@ErikKarlsson65
Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.—@JLupul
Thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved downtown, especially the family of the fallen soldier.—@kyleturris
Both organizations released public statements. Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager Dave Nonis made a video statement, while Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk put out a news release. Both support the NHL's decision to postpone the game.
Video: Dave Nonis speaks on behalf of the Leafs after today's tragic events in Ottawa <a href="http://t.co/74IaElgoZa">http://t.co/74IaElgoZa</a>—@MapleLeafs
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a> owner Eugene Melnyk on tonight’s postponement: <a href="http://t.co/dITU8ipxri">http://t.co/dITU8ipxri</a>.—@Senators
Many will recall that this is the second time that an NHL game needed to be postponed. Following the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, a scheduled game between the Boston Bruins and the Senators was postponed. The Bruins organization sent some love to the city of Ottawa.
Our thoughts are with the city of Ottawa and those affected by today's events. Be safe.—@NHLBruins