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Hockey brings Canadians together, in triumph and tragedy

By Andrew Caddell      

Even in this vast country with such a comparatively small population, in crisis we’re reminded we’re still one big village, with a hockey rink in the centre of town, and people seeking to comfort others in a time of need.

Members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, seen in this photo posted to the team Twitter page on March 24. The bus they were travelling in collided with a tractor-trailer on April 6 northeast of Saskatoon, killing 15 from the team. Photograph courtesy of Twitter, @HumboldtBroncos

OTTAWA—Far from Parliament Hill, partisan debates, and briefing notes, the real Canada works, plays, and lives in small cities, towns, villages, and neighbourhoods; and, for many, hockey is an integral part of their life as Canadians. Its speed, intensity, complexity, and excitement can arouse emotions even the least aggressive among us never knew we had.

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