Sen's mom mourned

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

The hockey world stopped for a moment yesterday to remember Bonnie Neil.

Prior to the Senators-Bruins game at the Corel Centre last night, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the mother of Senators winger Chris Neil.

Bonnie Neil, 57, died in a car accident on Tuesday.

She was described at a funeral in her hometown of Flesherton as someone who gave a lot to her family and the community.

"Chris' mom, Bonnie, was a loving wife and mother from a very tight-knit family," Senators president Roy Mlakar said in a statement. "Every speaker emphasized her special work in the community and friendship. Her passion for sports, especially hockey, was recognized.

''She will be sorely missed."

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, GM John Muckler, centre Mike Fisher, defenceman Wade Redden, assistant Randy Lee, club official Alex Lepore, former captain Laurie Boschman and Mlakar attended the funeral.

CHARTER FLIGHT

Melnyk provided a charter flight to Collingwood and then the group made the short drive to the small town of Flesherton. Fisher, Neil's closest friend, was back in Ottawa in the afternoon and suited up against the Bruins.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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