Today, Alain Vigneault will address the Rangers as a full team for the first time since being named head coach this offseason.
This should obviously be cause for rejoice among Rangers fans. But I can't help but have mixed emotions with the opening of camp coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11/01.
There really isn't much on the schedule for the Blueshirts on this first day, but it's still an occasion that I should have a bounce to my step. Instead, I am sitting here with a heavy heart. I'm finding it virtually impossible to fully invest myself in the Blueshirts on the anniversary of the mass murder of almost 3,000 people in the worst terrorist attack in American history.
In the lead-up to today, I've heard a couple of Rangers exclaim that they were looking forward to "September 11th." And while I'm not criticizing the players for using that wording or the Rangers organization for scheduling the opening of camp on this day, I cringed each time I heard it.
Today should be about remembering family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who were murdered that day, not celebrating the official beginning of the Rangers road to the 2013-14 Stanley Cup.
So while the fan in me will have my eye on the Twitter feed of every Rangers beat writer the entire day, my heart will be with the families who are still mourning the loss of loved ones who where taken from them so tragically and senselessly 12 years ago today.
We will never forget.
Not to get off Hockey but since 9/11 is what it is I led a prayer group at 9:11PM for the victims in Spirit, the families and all touched by this tragedy . As well we offered prayers for Syria as well as healing for all who have been effected by war and terrorism. I pray that humans really start waking the f* up so this planet and all her children may be happy and free. Wish I saw this post sooner as I would have invited you all to tap into the energy, but of course prayers can be expressed anytime. Ok back to hockey. It's OK to start camp today cause no terrorist act will make us live our lives under the veil of fear and sadness. LGR
Terrorists win when we can't enjoy the things that make everyday life normal and enjoyable. Living well is the best revenge.
I remember the preseason game between the rangers and philly in philly, days after the tragedy. President Bush was addressing the nation in response to the attacks and declaring revenge!! I guess they played his speech live on the overhead screen in philly during intermission of periods 2 and 3. When intermission ended, the fans chanted USA, USA and screamed to watch Bush's speech in its entirety istead of restarting the game. The fans won out and the 3rd period was canceled. I know we all hate Philly, but that night they showed their patriotism and I loved it................Fuck you terrorists!
I remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday. I was close - physically and emotionally. I knew people who were lost - not immediate family or friends, but close - just on the edge of those who suffered the "real" pain. It was surreal to be so very close to the event and walk through the physical and emotional lunar landscape, relatively untouched, and witness the horror and suffering around me.
If there is anything to be gained from this tragic event it is the awareness of the genuine suffering that ALL humankind feels when their loved ones are killed at the hands of other humans. It is ALL the same pain. Inescapable. Torturous. and....most important....MEANINGLESS to those who are left behind.
My heart aches for all those affected by 9/11 and every other person in this world who suffers in the same way due to our species inability to grow beyond our proclivity to hurt and kill each other in the name of....anything.
As hard as this day is, I think we as a nation need to heal. What better way than to have the city's greatest hockey team start their training camp on such a day to remember. This could mean great things for us. Always remember and never forget, but we cannot avoid everything on this day. Let's be positive and think this is a step in the right direction.