Last Night’s ‘O Canada’ at the Leafs Game is the Moment We All Need Right Now

In the minutes and hours following yesterday’s horrific attack against civilian lives in Toronto, the entire nation was looking for a moment of strength; of unity, community, and support.

From the response of our police and doctors, to the measured reaction of our political leaders, and messages of support from Canadians coast to coast, we were given a glimpse of what makes our country such a special place – even during times of tragedy.

And then, shortly before the puck dropped in the Leafs’ game six playoff game at the Air Canada Centre, we witnessed this goosebumps moment:

The anthem was led by 16-year-old Martina Ortiz Luis, who got a little (ok, A LOT) of help along the way from the sold-out crowd. Shortly before ‘O Canada’, an arena announcement mentioned the attack and shared a message of solidarity with the victims, families, first responders, and all those affected.
Luis reflected on the occasion this morning:

There’s a famous saying, “Some things are bigger than sports.” This is certainly one of those times.