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By now, you’ve probably heard about the tragedy in Moncton. It’s pretty scary, to think that something like that could happen anywhere in Canada, let alone in a small city like Moncton. Having visited the city myself once a few years back, it had a pretty friendly vibe about it as I recall. I don’t think anyone saw an armed, fatal attack on police coming.
What’s scarier still is that Justin Bourque, the shooter, is still on the loose. If you want an idea of what it’s been like in Moncton while this has been going on, check out this interview with former Peterborough resident Jaymee Splude who is currently there.
While all this was going down last night, Canadian comedian Norm MacDonald chose not to go to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and instead, call up an old friend in Moncton.
As the city went into lockdown because of a shooter on the lam and the world followed the #PrayForMoncton hashtag, Norm Macdonald tweeted his phone conversation with Phil Robinson, the man who had taken him in for a week many years ago.
It didn’t take long for the talk to turn to hockey.
“You remember when I took you to the Hawks game, Norm?” Robinson, now in his 70s, said.
He complained about being garrisoned in his basement, forced to watch the big game on a crappy black-and-white TV.
Later, Robinson decided nothing was going to stop him from heading upstairs to the room with the big-screen.
“Let the sonofabitch shoot me right here in my easy chair, drinking a Molson and watching hockey on a 50-incher,” he said.
The call ended with Macdonald hoping for Robinson’s safety, and the older man telling him to call back during Game 6.
[Via Sun News Network]
If you’d like to read the whole thing (and you should, it’s kind of heartwarming), you can find it on MacDonald’s Twitter feed.