It's nigh on impossible not get some chill bumps after seeing what happened during the North Bay Battalion's belated Remembrance Day game on Sunday.
At the end of the pregame ceremonies in the city with a proud military history, on a day where emotions were no doubt a little high in the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, 90-year-old Second World War and Korean War veteran Lionel Murphy stepped up with a stirring interpretation of O Canada. Those who were present at the North Bay Memorial Gardens said many in the crowd of 3,393 were visibly touched by Murphy's performance.
Murphy, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and in the Army during the Korean War, is the exemplar of making every day count. The great-grandfather had a heart attack while shooting pool less than two years ago. A quick response from other pool players and the fact the building had a newly installed automatic external defibrillator helped him survive.
“I remember I was shooting pool, I took a step back and then next thing I remember I was on a helicopter headed for Sudbury,” Murphy told the North Bay Nugget in May 2014.
Murphy, who is a member of the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame, regained his health in time to perform O Canada during the Battalion's Remembrance Day ceremony last season. He's also done his part of keep veterans of his vintage in the public eye, penning a poem that was read in the Ontario legislature last week.
Murphy's luck, so to speak, also marked the game. The Battalion won 7-3 with Los Angeles Kings draft choice Mike Amadio racking up a career-high six points.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @naitSAYger.