Tragedy: when hockey both loses and gains importance

When tragedy strikes our nation like it did this week in Boston, all of a sudden sports don’t matter as much anymore. Though we still want our teams to win, tragedy puts sports in perspective by showing that there are more important things in life. Games get postponed. Rivalries get pushed to the side.

But yet, it’s in times of tragedy that the sports world often shines brightest. Sports provide an escape as people try to return to normalcy by watching their favorite teams. And more importantly, moving displays of unity and patriotism happen like this one during the National Anthem prior to the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres game last night:

We might be Wild fans, Blackhawks fans, Avalanche fans, Penguins fans, or fans of a whole host of other teams, but one thing unites us all… we’re all Americans.