Today is September 11, 2008, the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
September 11 is a day that will always “live in infamy” for me, although I would never trivialize the attack on Pearl Harbor in which those words were originally put to use so forcefully in 1941.
That said, today is a day in which I reflect on the innocent men and women who lost their lives seven years ago. For those who died just by going to work that cursed morning; for those Heroes who died trying to rescue their fellow man.
And for those Heroes who diverted a hijacked airliner and kept United flight 93 from doing even more damage and inflicting even more pain. Instead, those people died in what was an empty field in Pennsylvania, their jet coming nowhere near an intended target. If it had, we would be likely mourning many more deaths.
I spent the morning at Incredible Ice today to watch the Panthers do their informal workouts. Not much to report today. I hope you join me in in realizing what's truly important this day, if only for a minute or two.
Let us never forget what happened that September morning.
ON TO HOCKEY
-- Eric Staal is getting paid by Carolina, the talented winger getting a seven year deal worth close to $60 million starting in 2009-10. The thought here is that Jay Bouwmeester is going to be looking for this kind of money come Jan. 1.
-- Speaking of the Flames, Marcus Nilson may be headed to Russia this season.
-- Speaking of the Penguins, Sidney Crosby has decided to live with the Lemieux family again this season.
-- The Kings figured the Price was Right with Drew Carey.
-- Patrick Roy's No. 33 heading to the rafters in Montreal.