Sens feel for Richardson

The Ottawa Senators skated Tuesday morning at the Bell Sensplex. ERROL MCGIHON/Ottawa Sun

The Ottawa Senators skated Tuesday morning at the Bell Sensplex. ERROL MCGIHON/Ottawa Sun

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

There was little talk about hockey Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.

Instead, the Senators are more concerned about a teammate and friend.

The Senators weren't supposed to be in Ottawa for a practice at the Bell Sensplex, but they wanted to be here after learning 14-year-old Daron Richardson, the daughter of assistant coach Luke, took her own life and died Saturday.

The whole team will attend a memorial service Wednesday in Ottawa.

"We're here to try to support Luke and Stephanie and the family as much as we can," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "To be able to be there (Wednesday) is going to be a good thing."

Not long after the service, the Senators will board a plane to face the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday at the RBC Center.

This is an emotional time.

"It's been a long couple of days. It's been hard on the wives. I know my wife (Jennifer) is taking it pretty hard," said centre Jason Spezza. "You know that there's a lot more to life than just hockey and this is one of those things.

"It was very important for us to come back and support Luke and his family.

We'll be fine for the game. We're professionals, we'll be ready to go, but it's going to be a tough morning. It's going to be hard, but we wanted to make sure we were here to support the family."

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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