NHL teams took to their social media channels to pay tribute to service members for Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh shared a message of thanks alongside the Stanley Cup.
“Winning this requires dedication and a team’s willingness to sacrifice for one another,” he said. “That selflessness, however, pales in comparison to what is asked of the men and women in our nation’s military every day. We’re grateful for your service and appreciate the many sacrifices you and your family make while defending our freedom here at home and abroad.”
Minnesota Wild forward Nick Bjugstad and assistant director of player development Matt Hendricks recently hosted military families at the United Heroes League, a non-profit that keeps military kids healthy and active through sports.
“It’s not easy to go to war for your country and serve for your country, and these types of people are the most respected in my book,” Bjugstad said.
The New York Islanders shared a video of a ceremony held last week at UBS Arena in which 30 men and women took the Oath of Enlistment to become U.S. Marines.
The Washington Capitals highlighted many of the ways they work with veterans, including in-game salutes, family reunions and on-ice activities.
Montreal Canadiens great Bob Gainey, did a reading of the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” that is synonymous with Remembrance Day.
The Florida Panthers posted a video with interviews with several veterans.
The St. Louis Blues recognized the retired, injured and disabled veterans that comprise the Blues Warrior Hockey Club.
The Toronto Maple Leafs shared video of their annual visit to the Sunnybook Veterans Centre, which was done virtually this year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators,CalgaryFlames, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins showed some scenes from past Veterans Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies.