Oct 27, 2014 | Hugh Morrison | 1713 views
Hockey Teams Unite To Support a Fallen Hero
The Grey Bruce Highlanders Minor Bantam team joined the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs on the ice in an emotional ceremony to honour the memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo prior to their game on Sunday in Hamilton. With their sticks taped with red and Canada flag tape in honour of Cpl. Cirillo and Canada, the Highlanders stood alongside the Bulldogs to show their respect.
Members of the Cirillo family as well as members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were on hand. Nathan Cirillo’s cousin, Ryan Stepien, plays on the minor Bantam Bulldogs.
As a show of support for the Cirillo family and the Stepien family the Bulldogs had a special ceremony before Sunday’s game. Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s son Marcus dropped the ceremonial puck. Cirillo’s cousin Ryan Stepian was also at centre ice for the bulldogs.Cirillo’s sisters were both there for the emotional ceremony as well as Nathan’s dad and uncle.The tribute also included the singing of the national anthem followed by a moment of silence and “Amazing Grace.”
The Grey Bruce Highlander family showed their support by presenting a Special Camo Jersey with the Highlander Logo embroidered with the Cirillo family name and #1 to the family during the ceremony . The Jersey was donated by Garb and Gear in Owen Sound to show the support of the entire Highlander Organization. Proceeds from the Minor Bantam 50/50 draw from Saturday was donated to the trust fund for Marcus Cirillo and presented on the ice to the family.
Although the Highlanders came away on the losing side of a 6 to 2 game against Hamilton, the day showed that both teams demonstrate a winning attitude.