NHL postpones Maple Leafs/Senators game after Parliament Hill shootings

A horrible shooting tragedy has gripped Ottawa today, and the Senators and Leafs are on security lockdown as a result.

It’s a horrific day for Canada, as a shooting tragedy has shaken the nation’s capital.

At least one gunman opened fire at Ottawa’s National War Memorial Wednesday morning, wounding a soldier, who was later pronounced dead. The assailant then moved to Parliament Hill, firing upon and wounding a security guard before the assailant was killed, reportedly by the Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms.

Police continued a hectic chase after the incident and more shots were fired, suggesting multiple attackers may still be on the loose. Parliament itself and an increasingly large portion of the downtown core is on lockdown as police continue their pursuit. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was safely moved away from Parliament Hill and out of harm’s way.

The Hockey News’ thoughts are with the citizens of Ottawa and anyone affected by these atrocities. It feels trivial to bring hockey into the discussion, but it’s our job to tell you everything you need to know about the sport.

UPDATE: The NHL has officially postponed tonight’s game. It posted the following on its website:

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The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for Wednesday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday.

The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa.

No makeup date has been announced yet. The Leafs did not practice today and were in locked a hotel close to the shootings. The Senators were on lockdown at the Canadian Tire Centre. We will provide any updates we can throughout the day.

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin