In an inspiring display of compassion and care, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard has opened his home in Roberval, Quebec, to a family displaced by the raging wildfires across the region. Over 13,000 people have been displaced by the wildfires this week, with many finding shelter in areas north of Roberval, where Girard owns a home.
#Avalanche defenseman and Roberval native Sam Girard has opened up his home to forrest fire victims who were evacuated from elsewhere in #Quebec. Currently he has 2 families and a 14month baby using his bedroom! How awesome! Sense of community comes through in desperate times.
— Rod Francis (@InRodWeTrustMTL) June 9, 2023
Girard, known for his classy sportsmanship on the ice, has now shown his class off the ice as well. He has demonstrated an exemplary display of community spirit during this devastating natural disaster. The fires, which have created a dire situation across Quebec, have not only displaced thousands of residents but have also caused significant disruptions in various sectors.
The smoke from the wildfires has reached as far as New York, leading to the postponement of several Major League Baseball games due to concerns over air quality. The Yankees vs. White Sox game was among those affected, emphasizing the widespread impact of the fires.
The scene at Yankee Stadium is completely orange due to the Canadian wildfires pic.twitter.com/MkZtnbn2YO
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 7, 2023
The situation is a sobering reminder of the realities faced by those on the front lines battling the flames, and the individuals and families forced to evacuate their homes.
Meanwhile, Girard’s team, the Colorado Avalanche, is facing its own set of challenges. The team recently suffered a significant setback in their championship defense, losing 2-1 to the Seattle Kraken in Game 7 of the playoffs. The loss marks an abrupt end to a season that had seen the Avalanche lose only seven regulation games in Denver during their 2021-22 Stanley Cup season.
However, amidst the disappointment of a playoff loss, Girard’s act of kindness serves as a beacon of hope, reinforcing the importance of community and solidarity in times of crisis. The defenseman’s classy gesture is a testament to his character, reminding us all that while games may be won and lost on the ice, it’s actions off the ice that truly define a player’s legacy.