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Penguins, Oilers & NHL show support for Ottawa tragedy with singings of 'O Canada'

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Penguins, Oilers & NHL show support for Ottawa tragedy with singings of 'O Canada'

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In the wake of the Canadian national tragedy in Ottawa Wednesday, the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins showed their support for those affected with a stirring, special rendition of "O Canada" before their game against the Flyers.

In the aftermath of the unspeakable attack Wednesday in Ottawa that killed a Canadian soldier and terrified the federal parliament and the country itself, the NHL responded admirably to show its support for those affected by the tragedy. An example was found in Pittsburgh, when prior to the Penguins/Flyers game, the fans in attendance and singer Jeff Jimerson sang Canada’s national anthem:

As is custom, two American teams playing each other usually don’t include the Canadian anthem in their pre-game operations, but the crowd at Consol Energy Center was more than willing to lend their voices to “O Canada” as a symbolic gesture of unity on a horrible day for their neighbors to the north.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Canadian that didn’t appreciate it. Well done, Pens/NHL.

UPDATE: The Oilers and their fans at Rexall Place also participated in an emotional rendition of Canada's anthem Wednesday before Edmonton took on the Capitals:

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Penguins, Oilers & NHL show support for Ottawa tragedy with singings of 'O Canada'