Not all losses happen on the ice. Stay safe. Stay off railway tracks.
Canadians are known around the world for their love of hockey. And for many families, much of the winter is spent in hockey arenas. But this hockey season, Operation Lifesaver (OL) is asking players to focus on more than just scoring goals or winning tournaments. They want them to also be thinking about rail safety when they are off the ice.
In July 2017, Dorval’s hockey community (just outside Montreal) was devastated when an A minor hockey player was killed in a railway incident. Sixteen-year-old Tristan Morrissette-Perkins was taking pictures on the tracks near Cornwall, Ont. with his cousin and a friend and didn’t hear a passenger train approaching. The other two boys were able to get off the tracks in time. Tristan was not.
Tristan’s death devastated the community where he played competitive hockey. His former teammates talked about the effect his death had on them in a video
launched as part of Operation Lifesaver’s #STOPTrackTragedies
campaign last fall. This winter, OL is promoting the video in the hopes of keeping tragedies like Tristan’s from occurring.
Remember, whether you’re taking pictures of winter scenery or selfies with friends, train tracks, trestle bridges and other types of railway property are not safe places to do it. Not only are they private property, but trespassing on them could get you seriously injured or even killed.
Watch Tristan’s story
and find out why no picture is worth a life. A rail tragedy can happen faster than you think.