I attended a funeral service on Sunday. The celebration of ones life can be uplifting and inspiring, and in this case it certainly was. This family had been through so much in the last few years, with the loss of a young daughter to cancer, followed by the mother to the same, just over two weeks ago.
During the service there were many references to the Canucks, and how much of a fan the mother was. How the team had played an important role in their every day lives. At the back of the room sat one of the Sedin twins, who joined coach Alain Vigneault.
Hockey players are a great bunch. My thought was that the Canucks had probably been involved with the young daughter who was lost and the charity in her name. That was two years ago, but regardless of why they were there, the fact is they were there. Sitting amongst friends and family, and showing their respects.
That’s a pretty great thing for a professional athlete to do. And in a day when we hear of athletes abusing their riches and fame, hockey players continue to set the bar when giving back to the community.
The Canucks mean a lot to many people, and though the wins, losses, trades, streaks and slumps that we as fans live for excite us, the role thay play in our community and to those that look up to them is just as special.
I know for that family it probably meant the world.
If anyone would like to know more about this family and the charity they started in the name of their daughter, please visit www.hannahsheroes.com