If you are a lifelong Pittsburgh Penguins fan, this isn’t directed at you. I understand what it means being a sports fan and loyalty to your team. This post is directed at everyone in Ottawa (and area) who is cheering for Pittsburgh just to see the Senators lose.
You may be a Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens fan and may not like to see the Senators do well, but like it or not if you live in the area they are your hometown team. So much so that they even have FIVE local players! In the modern day NHL, that is unheard of! Here are five players (Methot, Ceci, Pageau, Borowiecki, and Brassard) who grew up in Ottawa and played in the same arenas, and same leagues as your kids. Why would you want to see them fail? It blows my mind that someone could live in the Ottawa area and want to see the local team lose just because their favorite team is out. Childish isn’t it?
Family Time = 🙌
Every additional playoff series means more games for families to watch together and more money brought into your community. Most importantly it means more money for local charities like the Ottawa Senators Foundation and free tickets for children at CHEO. Did you know Bobby Ryan rents a suite every game so sick kids and their families can watch the game? Every game they don’t play means fewer games these deserving kids get to attend. How does that make you feel?
These guys aren’t just showing up at the hospital for a few photo ops and leaving. The work they do for the CHEO Foundation is incredible. CHEO is the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is where my brother spent three years of his life. It is an amazing place filled with amazing people. My family and especially my parents will be forever grateful for the care and kindness they were shown every single day which may not be possible without donors like the Ottawa Senators.
A cynic will say, it’s just a game with billionaire owners and millionaire players so it doesn’t matter who wins. Well it does matter, that organization and those players are part of your community so the more successful they are, the better it is for the community.
I’m sure the Pittsburgh Penguins do great things for their community too. If you want to move there, here is a link to the U-Haul Website I’d suggest you leave now if you want to get there before the game tomorrow.
Go Sens Go