Josh norris, an Ottawa Senators forward, spoke on Wednesday about the school shooting in his hometown of Oxford Township, Mich., the day before.
Norris expressed his thoughts after a 15-year-old boy allegedly shot dead four students and injured several more on Tuesday at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit.
“You never really think something like this is going to happen in your hometown,” said the 22-year-old.
“Thinking about what some of these kids went through, the parents of these kids. It’s really hard. All I can do is send my thoughts and my love. I’m proud to be from there- low. This is such an unfortunate situation. “
Norris wore a crest that included “Oxford” and the number 42 on his jacket during media availability before the Senators host the Vancouver Canucks.
Ottawa forward Brady Tkachuk said he tried to support Norris after the incident. The Senators captain was Norris’ teammate with the Michigan-based USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
“I was actually with [Norris] when he found out, “Tkachuk said.” We’ve been through this high school before, so we’re definitely thinking of the people involved and everyone who was affected. It’s an important time to be there for Josh. “
The shooting was approached by the captain of the Detroit Red Wings Dylan Larkin and coach Jeff Blashill after their 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
“I would like, on behalf of our entire organization and the guys in our room, to send our sincere condolences to the community of Oxford, Michigan, and the Detroit Metro and the State of Michigan,” Larkin said.
“It was an unspeakable tragedy what happened today.”
Larkin is from Waterford, Michigan, about a half hour from Oxford.
“It hit us hard. It hit the guys in the room hard, ”Larkin said. “We are thinking of the victims and the whole community. We are here to support them and we feel very bad for the tragedy that has occurred today. Our hearts are with Oxford, Michigan.”
Blashill, who was born in Detroit and has coached the Red Wings since 2015-16, became emotional as he expressed disbelief at the shooting.
“I just want to send my prayers to the families who were affected today in Oxford,” said Blashill. “It’s a terrible, terrible thing. It just shouldn’t happen.
“Nothing that I say can certainly do anything to help those who have suffered tragedy, who have lost their lives. I think it makes no sense that this is somewhat normal. It just shouldn’t be. happen, school, community, it must stop.