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Maple Leafs-Senators showdown postponed due to shootings

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:24:49 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - The Wednesday's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators was postponed after a Canadian soldier guarding a War Memorial was shot to death by at least one gunman.

After the shooting of the Canadian soldier, authorities said gunfire erupted inside Parliament in what they called a "dynamic, unfolding situation''.

Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said one gunman was killed while police were searching for as many as two others.

The Ottawa police, via its official Twitter account, warned the public to stay away from that area while it investigated.

Due to the incident, the Maple Leafs are on lockdown at the team's hotel in downtown Ottawa.

The Leafs were scheduled to play the Senators at 7 p.m. ET, at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata. The date and time of the rescheduled game have not been announced.

"The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa," the league said in a statement announcing the postponement.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by today's tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement.

"Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today's difficult circumstances," he added.

"We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone's safety," the Maple Leafs said in a statement.

The Leafs, who played the Islanders Tuesday night in New York, did not have a morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre.

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