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Thinking Of Fort McMurray

from Sottie Upshall at The Players' Tribune,

During warmups, I looked up into the crowd and saw my brother, Brent, tapping away on his phone. I could tell from his face that it was bad. This was right before Game 3 of our playoff series against Dallas. The series was tied 1–1. It was moments before one of the biggest games of my career, but all I could think about was the smoke and the fire.

I took a few shots and then looked up into the stands again. Brent had his head down. His face said it all. When it’s your brother, you just know.

Our hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was being engulfed by a wildfire. Brent and his fiancée, Shannon, had flown in from Fort McMurray to see me play. Their daughters, Avery, Emma and Grace, were back there, 2,000 miles away, staying with our mother. 

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WingedRider's avatar

I can’t even begin to imaginet what all these people are going through and it will never be the same. And then to play an NHL playoff game?

Hope the Governments, insurance companies, etc , at least, step up and at least give these people a fresh start.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/18/16 at 01:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Lighting candles for Fort McMurray.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/18/16 at 09:44 PM ET

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