With America’s latest mass shooting having occurred the day before in nearby Lewiston, Me., the Bruins tried to show solidarity with the victims last night. Here’s what took place:
- As you can see above, the Bruins hung a jersey behind their bench with No. 207 (Lewiston’s area code) and the words “Lewiston Strong.”
- The Bruins added Maine-shaped rear-helmet and -mask decals:
- The visiting Ducks also wore the decals:
- Although I had a hard time discerning it in game photos, players on both teams used blue stick tape (the color of the Maine flag):
For Lewiston 💙
Player-signed sticks from both the #NHLBruins and @AnaheimDucks will be available for auction – benefitting the victims’ families – later tonight at https://t.co/ZoZAhKs8lx. pic.twitter.com/NXByWGo7gx
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 26, 2023
Sickeningly, this is the second time in seven months that that the Bruins have had occasion to wear a helmet decal in response to a mass shooting. Back in March, they played a road game against the Predators right after the Covenant School shooting in Nashville, and both teams added a helmet commemoration:
If anyone knows of other uni-based responses to the Maine massacre, feel free to post them in the comments.
The Maine suspect is still at large. To all our readers up there — and, especially, to our own Anthony Emerson — take care and stay safe.