Watching it unfold on TV, while worrying about friends in those affected areas, was surreal, and by that afternoon and evening we knew some of the worst. It is difficult to grasp the truth in these situations, but it arrived harshly in the stark, vivid images and death toll. That evening a friend sent photos of his house – nothing more than a pile of sticks really, twisted and broken, and among the wreckage four cars – three their own, and one neighbor’s car, placed on top, like a cake decoration.
Oklahoma City has a wonderful hockey community – most who have lived here for years know almost everyone, and newcomers, such as myself, have over a short time met many of that group. That day made us aware of just how many of our tightly knit hockey group live in Moore, Oklahoma. Many lived right in the path while others live only blocks away. We thought hockey bonded us, but May 20th brought us even closer together.
Thank you, Eric Rodgers for the use of your photos.
Links to articles about the OKC Barons and others in the OKC hockey community assisting in the tornado disaster relief:
- Oklahoma City Barons wrap up practice at Moore facility hours before tornadoes devastate community, by Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun, May 20, 2013
- Yale product Mark Arcobello, now with AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, talks tornado, by Chip Malafronte, New Haven Register, May 25, 2013
- Oklahoma tornadoes: OKC Barons to give free tickets to disaster relief donors by Michael Baldwin, NewsOK.com, May 24, 2013
- Nick Fleehart’s Gladiators Hockey Tournament to benefit local players by Neal Livingston at Tend the Farm
- The AHL and PHPA, in conjunction with the OKC Barons are donating ticket proceeds to OK tornado relief by Josh Evans, OKCBarons.
AHL President Dave Andrews:
Published on May 21, 2013
OKCBarons.com talks to Barons players about the devastating and deadly tornado that tore through the community on May 20, 2013.
Published on May 23, 2013
OKC Barons players Kendall McFaull, David Musil, Travis Ewanyk and Martin Gernat help donate items collected at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena to Moore.