January 31, 2016 3:24 pm
Updated: February 1, 2016 12:31 pm

Blades, Pats hold ceremony for victims of La Loche shooting

A ceremony in tribute to the victims of the La Loche shooting was held Saturday prior to the Saskatoon Blades game at SaskTel Centre.

Steve Hiscock / Saskatoon Blades
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SASKATOON – Before their game on Saturday, the Saskatoon Blades and the Regina Pats paid their respect to those who lost their lives in the tragedy in La Loche. In a show of solidarity, the teams stood united at SaskTel Centre.

The emotional pre-game ceremony involved the rival Western Hockey League (WHL) players standing together, alternating between Blades and Pats, in a circle in support of the northern Saskatchewan community.

A moment of silence was held as photos of the four victims who were shot and killed on Jan. 22 were on display at centre ice.

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The announcer said members from La Loche who were in Saskatoon caring for surviving victims in hospital were in attendance.

Over $5,000 in proceeds from the 50/50 at the game will go north to the people in the community to use as they see fit in their recovery.

The Blades won 7-3 in front of 4,651 hockey fans after being shut out by the Pats 4-0 the previous night in Regina.

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