No one was loosening his grip on Bobby Orr on Wednesday night.
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie was seen sitting beside one of his hockey heroes during Game 4 of the Ottawa Senators–Boston Bruins series. Downie, a noted Bruins fan, is the godson of former team president, GM and coach Harry Sinden and famously name dropped Orr in the Hip’s 1998 song “Fireworks“.
It was announced last May that Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, leading to an emotion-filled national tour following the band’s 13th album Man Machine Poem.
A former goaltender, Downie has also been seen watching games at Air Canada Centre this season. Most notably, he took in a Team Canada game at the World Cup of Hockey with third-string netminder Braden Holtby. Holtby, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner with the Washington Capitals, had Downie’s likeness painted on his Team Canada mask.
The mask was auctioned off, raising more than $27,000 for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.