Montreal Canadiens Pay Tribute to NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna During Star-Spangled Banner Before Game Against Capitals


The death of National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday shocked the sports world, with players from all reaches of sports and many celebrities paying tribute to one of the greatest basketball players of all-time in the hours following his death. On Monday night, during the singing of the Star-Spangled before their game against the visiting Capitals, the Montreal Canadiens played a tribute video to the man known affectionately as “Mamba”.

Just after the start of the United States’ national anthem, the Habs played a video on their video-board with highlights of the longtime Los Angeles Laker, who tragically passed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California at the age of 41, along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna, and seven others while on the way to a travel basketball game.

The Full tribute:

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin reacted to Bryant’s death yesterday, saying:

“It’s tough you know, because I know him. He always treat me well when he saw me. You know, it’s hard. He was a legend in the basketball world and the whole world, and it is tough. Still can’t believe it. “He always shake my hand, he knows who I am. I remember when I was in the stands eating hot dogs and he was like pointing to me and I was like, ‘holy,’ but it is hard. It’s hard. As an athlete, you want to meet one of the greatest you know? And he was the best.”

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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