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Maple Leafs mourn Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip

Hold pregame ceremony, lower banner to honor frontman, who died of brain cancer Tuesday

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Maple Leafs honor Gord Downie

Maple Leafs celebrate the life of Gord Downie

The Toronto Maple Leafs honor the late Gord Downie in front of a packed house in Toronto prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings

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Canada lost a music icon this week, and the Toronto Maple Leafs found the perfect way to pay their respects.

The Maple Leafs held a tribute to celebrate the life of Gord Downie, frontman for The Tragically Hip, who died of brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 53, before their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

Tweet from @NHL: Celebrating the life of a Canadian icon.You will be missed, Gord. pic.twitter.com/4KFYHSPRIB

Toronto took the extra step of honoring Downie by lowering Bill Barilko's banner from the rafters. Barilko, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in overtime in 1951 for Toronto's fourth championship in five seasons, was the subject of the Hip's 1992 song "Fifty-Mission Cap."

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: 50 Mission Cap. pic.twitter.com/fdMDy0ZGyY

The Maple Leafs weren't the only ones in the NHL community to pay homage to Downie. Many current and former players from Canada paid their respects on Twitter.

Tweet from @DougGilmour93: Heartbroken today. Few Canadians touched this country like Gord Downie. Thank you for everything you gave us. My deepest condolences. pic.twitter.com/00DdU6IVZn

Tweet from @odognine2: pic.twitter.com/sLjEuS7iJ7

Tweet from @Matt9Duchene: RIP Gord. Tough to find someone who represented Canada as much as you. Sad day for Canadians

Tweet from @max_domi: Rest easy legend. Thank you Gord. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/AF11TkOTnh

The Ottawa Senators also dedicated their postpractice workout songs to the Hip.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: The Tragically Hip is the soundtrack today during the #Sens off-ice workout. #RIPGordDownie

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