Twitter reaction: Crisis in Ottawa

Senators coach Paul MacLean responds to the tragedy in Ottawa, saying their thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, but the team still has to prepare for the game.

The hockey world is responding to the tragedy in Ottawa this morning as a soldier was shot and killed at the War Memorial on Parliament Hill.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Ottawa as they were scheduled to renew their provincial rivalry with the Senators this evening at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata. The visiting hockey team, whose hotel is located a short distance from Parliament Hill, is currently under a lock down order as the authorities deal with the security threat.

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The NHL postponed Wednesday’s Sens-Leafs game for a date to be named later.

Here is a rundown of the hockey world’s response, via Twitter, to Wednesday’s events:

Tyler Toffoli on Twitter: “Stay strong Ottawa!! #OttawaStrong”

Joffrey Lupul on Twitter: “Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.”

Chris Phillips on Twitter: “Heart felt thanks to all first responders for putting their safety on the line for ours. #OttawaStrong”

Bobby Ryan on Twitter: “Sickening news from this morning. Thoughts with those downtown and the law men and women working to keep our city safe. #Ottawa”

Erik Karlsson on Twitter: “Makes me sad what’s going on in Ottawa right now. Thoughts and prays to everyone involved. Everybody stay safe”

Martin Brodeur on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with the city of Ottawa.”

Boston Bruins on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with the city of Ottawa and those affected by today’s events. Be safe.”

Mike Fisher on Twitter: “Be safe Ottawa! Praying for everyone involved today.”

Joe Bowen on Twitter: “These Colours Do Not Run! True North Strong and Free!!!”

Claude Giroux on Twitter: “#PrayForOttawa”

Robin Lehner on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved downtown. Stay safe!”

Marc Methot on Twitter: “Praying everybody in the downtown area including lots of my friends there are staying safe. Thoughts are with you guys.”

Matt Martin on Twitter: “Thoughts and Prayers with everyone on the homeland. Stay Safe. #StrongAndFree”

Matt Carkner on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayer goes out to all those involved in the tragic events this morning in Ottawa.”

Cody Ceci on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone downtown Ottawa right now. #PrayForOttawa Special thanks to the officers protecting us.”

Mika Zibanejad on Twitter: “Scary news this morning! Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved! Stay safe! #PrayForOttawa”

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with our nation’s capital right now. Praying for those affected by today’s tragic events at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.”
Patrick Burke on Twitter: “Thinking of everyone in Ottawa, especially the brave first responders. Stay safe, everyone.”

James Cybulski on Twitter: “Disturbing to see and hear what’s unfolding in my hometown of Ottawa. To the police, & emergency workers in the front lines– be safe.”

Damien Cox on Twitter: “We must all be extra careful, folks. Rumours run wild in these situations. Trusted, established news sources invaluable.”

Andre Benoit on Twitter: “My thoughts are with my friends, family and the whole city of Ottawa, stay safe.”

Theo Fleury on Twitter: “If u seek safety n our country we will welcome you with open arms and opportunity. Come here and create fear now we have a problem #Ottawa”

Zenon Konopka on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers goes out to all those involved in the tragic events in Ottawa. #staysafe”

Leafs PR on Twitter: “1) The Toronto Maple Leafs extend deepest condolences to the family & friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today”

Ryan Whitney on Twitter: “Prayers go out to people in Ottawa. Beautiful city with great people. Stay safe everyone.”

Winnipeg Jets on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with our friends in Ottawa. Stay safe everyone.”

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