Kobe Bryant honoured at Vancouver Canucks hockey game

Jan 27 2020, 8:30 pm

If you needed further proof that Kobe Bryant truly transcended the game of basketball, you got it in Vancouver on Monday night.

Other than playing a few games against the Vancouver Grizzlies early on in his career, Bryant didn’t have much of a connection to this Canadian west coast city. And yet, the Canucks honoured Bryant during a stoppage in play during the first period of their game against the St. Louis Blues, putting his picture on the big screen.

Fans applauded and players tapped their sticks on the ice to salute Kobe, who died tragically in a helicopter accident on Sunday.

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Prior to the game, anthem singer Karen Lee Batten stepped onto the ice wearing a #24 Kobe Lakers jersey.

Outside the arena, BC Place shined purple and gold — Lakers colours. Rogers Arena was also spotted shining purple and gold lights earlier this evening.

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