NHLers salute Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip
Canada said an emotional goodbye Saturday night.
The Tragically Hip played what is expected to be their final show, wrapping up their "Man Machine Poem" tour at home in Kingston, Ontario. Gord Downie, the band's iconic lead singer, has terminal brain cancer.
The concert was broadcast nationally on CBC and NHLers were tuned in, much like the rest of the nation - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in attendance.
Recently retired Brad Richards was emotional right off the bat:
Sam Gagner got in on Canada's ultimate trending topic on Twitter:
Logan Couture watched from home:
Teddy Purcell said what everyone in the North has been saying throughout the tour:
Former forward turned broadcaster Jeff O'Neill let a photo do all the talking:
Like millions of Canadians over the years, Marc Methot shared The Hip with those closest to him:
James Neal put it perfectly:
At the band's final show in Toronto, Downie said goodbye.
"I'll see you down the road somewhere," he said, writes Stephen Marche in The New Yorker. "I love you."
The feeling is clearly and undoubtedly mutual.
Thanks, Mr. Downie.
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