The city of Toronto was victim to a terrible terrorist attack on Monday when a madman got behind the wheel of a rental van and plowed into 25 human beings, leaving 10 of them dead and another 15 injured. It was a heinous and senseless act of violence, one that shocked and scared a country that was still reeling from the terrible loss of life that came as a result of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.
Considering the circumstances as well as the fact that this happened in downtown Toronto, there were many who wondered if Game 6 of the first round series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins would be postponed. However the Leafs made a public announcement just a few short hours before the game to let fans know the game was still on, and hopefully also to alleviate their concerns about attending.
"The Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE issued the following statement after today's tragic incident. "The Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE are keeping all of those impacted by today's trafic incident in Toronto in our thoughts and prayers. Our organization continously works in close partnership with Toronto Police Service, and other security agencies, to ensure the safety of all fans attending games at Air Canada Centre, including playoff tailgate events at Maple Leaf Square. In addition to the safety measures already in plaece, Toronto Police Service will be implementing a number of additiona measure including road closures surrounding Air Canada Centre. For more information about road closures, please visit the Toronto Police Service website."
So the game went on as per usual, although of course the Leafs took a moment to acknowledge the terrible tragedy prior to the start of the game in what was an expected, but classy gesture nonetheless. However it was 16-year-old Martina Ortiz Luis who was there to sing the American and Canadian national anthem who stole the show with her decision during the Canadian national anthem.
Martina stopped singing and allowed the Toronto crowd to take over for her. It created a beautiful moment on what has been a truly ugly day for Canadian citizens and we have Martina to thank for it.