NHL teams post tributes on Veterans, Remembrance Day


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.”

Tweet from @TBLightning: To all who have served ��� thank you. 💙🇺🇸#VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/Uu1NHEQ4du

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.

Tweet from @mnwild: To all who have served our nation, we thank you.#mnwild | @United_HL pic.twitter.com/zuFXL1NsY7

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. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Thank you, Veterans. 🇺🇸Last week Veterans & members of the @UBS Veterans Network gathered at @UBSArena as 30 young men & women took the Oath of Enlistment to become U.S. Marines. We honor all those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. pic.twitter.com/OC3TXSSOMy

The Washington Capitals highlighted many of the ways they work with veterans, including in-game salutes, family reunions and on-ice activities.

Tweet from @Capitals: We SALUTE you!#VeteransDay | @comcastbusiness pic.twitter.com/iUNJKePyfn

Montreal Canadiens great Bob Gainey, did a reading of the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” that is synonymous with Remembrance Day. 

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: It’s a poem that’s close to our hearts, today more than ever.In Flanders Fields, narrated by Bob Gainey.#CanadaRemembers pic.twitter.com/A9eevoNBjP

The Florida Panthers posted a video with interviews with several veterans. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: To all those who have served and continue to serve, we thank you today and every day for your bravery. The #FlaPanthers and @CityFurniture salute our heroes this #VeteransDay! pic.twitter.com/Fz3ZFwSQFT

The St. Louis Blues recognized the retired, injured and disabled veterans that comprise the Blues Warrior Hockey Club. 

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: On this #VeteransDay, we celebrate the retired, injured and disabled veterans who have come together to form the Blues Warrior Hockey Club. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/Ra79l1xRUx

The Toronto Maple Leafs shared video of their annual visit to the Sunnybook Veterans Centre, which was done virtually this year. 

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: #CanadaRemembersEach year, players and @LeafsAlumni visit @Sunnybrook Veterans Centre to honour our Veterans and their families.Earlier this month, we had the honour of meeting, speaking with and thanking Veterans and their families through a virtual visit.#LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/T0n4IVYbQy

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.

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