Pittsburgh Penguins pay breathtaking tribute to soldier killed in Ottawa

Marc-Andre Fleury in front of his goal during tribute

The Pittsburgh Penguins paid a remarkable tribute to Canada before their game with the Philadelphia Flyers after the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The lights dimmed, the slight glow of a maple leaf cast its emblem across the ice as the national anthem of Canada: 'O'Canada' was movingly bellowed throughout the stadium.

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Heartwarming tribute

Before the 8pm game begin between the Penguins and the Flyers started, Consol Energy Center was the host to a passionate and heartwarming tribute to the victim of the shootings in Ottawa.

Jeff Jimerson was the man who proudly gripped the crowd with a rendition of O'Canada, Jimerson usually sings the Star Spangled Banner before home games, but in this case he belted the anthem whilst fans stood and sang the words with him as players bowed their heads.

He followed it up with the U.S anthem which gave the game and the stage, a patriotic and passionate atmosphere before the two teams would face off.

Shootings in Ottawa

The tribute was in response to the senseless incident involving a gunman opening fire on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.

During an address to the nation later that day, Prime Minster Stephen Harper said the incident in Ottawa was a 'terrorist' act. It also remains unclear as to whether the shooter acted alone.

Federal sources have now identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.

Zehaf-Bibeau had been identified as a "high risk traveller" before conducting such a demonic act, he had been unable to secure appropriate travel documentation,meaning his travel attempts had been blocked.

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