In wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the NHL postponed Monday night’s game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators. TD Garden is less than two miles away from the site of the explosions.
“After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. “Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today’s tragedy.”
The NHL, in its statement announcing the cancellation, said it “wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon.” No information was immediately available about when the Bruins and Senators will make up the game.
Ex-Washington Capitals and current New York Islanders forward Keith Aucoin is a native of Waltham, Mass. He agreed with the NHL’s decision.
“Yeah they had to,” Aucoin said. “There was so many people affected. Sports is on the backburner after something like this.”
A handful of Caps players reacted to the tragedy on Twitter.
“Prayers go out to Boston and the marathon participants,” wrote defenseman John Carlson, who’s from Natick, Mass. “There are some sick people in this world. I hope everyone is safe.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in Boston,” right wing Troy Brouwer wrote.
“Crazy how every1 pulls 2gether after tragic events. Lets stay together&show how strong we can B in eliminating the nonsense #PrayForBoston,” defenseman Steve Oleksy wrote.