The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa will appear a sea of red on Saturday at 7 p.m. in honor of the two soldiers killed in separate incidents of terrorism on home soil this week.
Wednesday’s shootings at the Canadian parliament building put part of Ottawa on lockdown and cancelled the Ottawa Senators’ game that evening. The Senators are encouraging fans to wear red to Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. They also warn of increased security measures.
“All patrons, both staff and guests, will be screened with hand-held metal detectors in addition to having their bags searched before they will be granted access into the building on Saturday,” the team announced, “and on all future event days at Canadian Tire Centre as part of the building’s enhanced security measures.”
The Senators join the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in honoring the fallen soldiers tonight.
“As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts,” Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk reflected in a statement. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family. We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior our game on Saturday in honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.”
In addition to the murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa, Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau ran down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu outside of Montreal on Monday.
The Senators game against the Maple Leafs, postponed because of Wednesday’s attack, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 9, at 6 p.m.