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Manitoba Moose pause practice to remember fallen soldiers

The Manitoba Moose stopped skating during Wednesday's practice for a moment of silence for Remembrance Day. Mitch Rosset / Global News

WINNIPEG — Like a general instructing his troops, Manitoba Moose head coach Keith McCambridge ordered his team to stop skating during its morning practice at MTS Centre on Remembrance Day.

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A pause on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honour of Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting their country.

“You have to put things in perspective and just to be thankful,” said McCambridge. “Where we live and the freedoms we have here in Canada.”

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Players stood still in their places around the ice as they reflected during a brief moment of silence. Some removed their helmets out of respect while others stared at the Canadian flag hanging in the downtown rink.

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“I’m a huge history buff and realize the sacrifice those guys made for us,” said defenceman Brenden Kichton who’s great-grandpa served in the Second World War. “What they did to allow us to live a free and prosperous life is just incredible. I can’t imagine being in the situation they were in. It’s definitely important to pause and remember.”

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