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AHL team wears names of Sandy Hook shooting victims on jerseys

Dec 24, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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There have been many touching tributes by professional athletes to the young shooting victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in recent days, and this one needs to be noted as well. On Saturday, players for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League wore the names on their jerseys of the 26 fallen children. Shown here are the names Jesse Lewis, Jack Pinto and James Mattioli. The team also had a moment of silence before their game against the Adirondack Phantoms at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.

“I think everyone had some strong emotions at that moment,” defenseman Matt Donovan said. “We all realized what it meant to wear their names. It’s one of those things that we wanted to do because they are a part of our community and we want to help those families get through this rough time.”

“S.H.E.S. 12.14.12″ was painted behind each goal. The Sound Tigers will wear green ribbons on their on their white and blue jerseys along with tribute stickers on their helmets. Newtown residents were given free tickets to Saturday night’s game, along with their next two home games on Dec. 26 and 29.

If the main goal of a professional sports team is to bring together the community it serves, the Tigers are huge, huge winners.

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