The Pittsburgh Penguins paid tribute to the synagogue shooting victims Tuesday after 11 people were gunned down by an armed gunman while worshipping Saturday in the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Ahead of their game against the New York Islanders, the team held an 11-second moment of silence, with the players also wearing a special “Stronger than Hate” patch, which incorporated the team logo with the Star of David.
The Islanders wore a similar thing on their helmets, with a black and white silhouette of the city with the words “Stronger than Hate” then flashing up on the scoreboard during the pregame ceremony.
A video tribute played prior to faceoff, as well as a ceremonial puck drop honouring Pittsburgh policemen Chief Scott Schubert, and officers Anthony Burke and Mike Smigda, who were all wounded in the attack.
Ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby addressed the tragedy.
“We woke up to that terrible news this morning and our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and the families affected by what happened this morning,” said Crosby, as reported by Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
“Knowing Pittsburgh, we’ll stick together and rally around them and be there to help in any way we can,” added the Nova Scotia-born NHL star.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan echoed Crosby’s statements. “On behalf of the Penguins organization, we just want to express our condolences. And our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Pittsburgh that took place today,” he said.
“Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out all the all of the families of all of the victims,” added Sullivan. “It’s a terrible tragedy.”
The victims in the shooting have been identified as: Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69.
Before the Penguins’ game against the Canucks at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, a moment of silence was held to honour those who lost their lives.
TMZ previously reported that the Penguins would be donating $50,000 to help victims, and would donate the proceeds from a 50/50 raffle held during Tuesday’s game.
In addition, each player on the team signed their jerseys after the game so they could be auctioned off, with funds raised going to help the families of the victims.