It’s been nearly 24 hours since the tragic bombings occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Many Bostonians are still shaken since the events took place at Copley Square as they try to go back to work and handle their daily routines on a somber day. It will certainly take a while to recover from this and the Patriots Day celebration will have a different meaning going forward.
For obvious reasons, the National Hockey League postponed last night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and a makeup date has yet to be announced. But several in the hockey community, including teams, players and fans, showed their support for the city of Boston.
In Montreal, the Bruins’ rivals held a moment of silence and the official Canadiens’ Twitter account send their thoughts and prayers to the city.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s tragedy in Boston.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 15, 2013
Montreal was not the only Original Six city that had a moment of silence. In Chicago, the Blackhawks held a moment of silence followed by a chilling rendition of the National Anthem from singer Jim Cornelison. Teams weren’t the only ones who lent their support. In Phoenix, Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, born and raised in the Boston area, had this inked on his skate during last night’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
— Phoenix Coyotes (@phoenixcoyotes) April 16, 2013
And here are tweets from other players around the league, including New Englanders Ryan Whitney and John Carlson.
Jesus my prayers go out to everyone back home. Feel sick right now.
— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) April 15, 2013
Prayers go out to Boston and the marathon participants. There are some sick people in this world. I hope everyone is safe.
— John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) April 15, 2013
Just heard about Boston, sad day in sports history. Thoughts and prayers to all runners, volunteers, spectators and their families.
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) April 15, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers are with everyone In Boston. #PrayersForBoston
— Matt Martin (@mattymarts17) April 15, 2013
Last night, our friends at Stanley Cup of Chowder went about their business by holding their “public skate“. But in this instance they watched games around the league and invited their SB Nation colleagues and fans to join them in watching last night’s slate of games.
Fans also flooded HF Boards to lend their support, including a Habs fan who stated that “Boston will bounce back stronger from this.”
For another local take, Hockey Buzz’s Ty Anderson wrote a stellar piece on yesterday’s piece on Boston being home that is a must read for all.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino said it best during today’s press briefing: “It’s a bad day for Boston, but if we pull together, we’ll get through it. Boston will overcome.”
If there’s anything I’ve learned living in the Boston area my entire 27 years, it’s that the city is truly resilient. From the love and support for the pro teams, to the gatherings at the Boston Common, local establishments and everything else in between, it’s a strong city that supports each other in good times and bad. In tough times like these, it’s even more resilient.
I’ve always been proud to quote this line from The Standalls’ “Dirty Water” and its no different today. Boston, you’re my home!