Pittsburgh Penguins Honors Hero Officers Wounded in Synagogue Shooting During Puck Drop: ‘Stronger than Hate’

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The National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins honored those who fell victim, as well as officers who were wounded, at the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in their city.

On Saturday, an anti-Semitic gunman opened fire during Sabbath religious services with a clear goal to “kill Jews” — 11 mostly elderly congregates fell victim in the shooting.

In response, the Penguins wore a special “Stronger Than Hate” patch that resembled the team’s logo and the Star of David on their jerseys during Tuesday nights game against the New York Islanders.

The patches, along with a jersey auction, are part of the organization’s efforts to support the victims and families.

The money raised from the signed jerseys and other efforts will go to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as the with City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety funds for those who were wounded during the shooting — The Penguins Foundation is also donating $500,000 to the fund.

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“I think it’s important to teach them young not to hate. I think it’s important to try and set that good example,” one Penguins fan told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

At the start of the game on Tuesday night, the arena took an 11-second moment of silence to honor those who were killed in the synagogue shooting.

Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert was alongside Anthony Burke and Mike Smigda, two of the officers who were wounded during the shooting, as they were honored for their bravery and heroism during the puck drop.

When announcing that the players would be wearing the patches on their jerseys as an act of support for the victims of the mass shooting, the Pittsburgh Penguins wrote, “Hatred and discrimination have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere else.”

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“We wanted to go out there and play for them,” Penguins star Sidney Crosby said, Fox News reported. “You try to recognize that and play as hard as you can to show your appreciation. Words are one thing, but you try to go out there and follow it up the same.”

“To have it happen where you live is something that is hard to believe once it does happen,” Penguins captain Crosby said. “It’s a terrible feeling. Like I said, we’ll try to do everything we can to help out.”

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray said, “One of our biggest motivations is playing for this city and even more so now.”

“They played hard in Vancouver with heavy hearts,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said about the team playing against the Vancouver Canucks on the night of the shooting and how the players have a connection to the city and fanbase.

“I know that our players if they can do anything for the city, is to try to play as hard as they can and put an inspired effort forward.”

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The Penguins’ jersey auction to raise money to help the community will go until November 13 at 12 p.m.

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