David Perron's heartbreaking response to Maine tragedy

The veteran once played in the Maine city that is now in mourning.



Detroit Red Wings forward David Perron is among those who have a special connection to the city of Lewiston, Maine after having played for the now-defunct Lewiston Maineiacs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2006-07.

Lewiston was rocked by tragedy earlier this week, as 18 people were murdered in two separate locations by a crazed former firearms instructor; as of right now, he's still on the loose as a massive manhunt is under way. Meanwhile, schools in the area are closed while residents were advised to shelter in place and not to approach the suspect, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous. 

For Perron, the horrifying events in the tight-knit community of Lewiston hit close to home, especially with so many people that he knows still living in the area. 

"It was tough to read obviously as it started happening last night," Perron said following last night's game at home against the Winnipeg Jets. 

"I sent a bunch of texts to people that I know in the area," Perron said. "I had a great year playing there. My heart goes out to these people. I think some people related to the team were involved in it."

"For the most part, the people I talked to have been safe, but it's just devastating to read the whole thing happening."

Perron also offered the following message on his X (formerly known as Twitter) account: 

"Prayers to the people of Lewiston, ME! This place is dear to my heart and I am heartbroken to hear whats going on there right now! 🙏"

The Maineiacs operated from 2003 to 2011 until the QMJHL decided to fold the team following eight years of financial losses. Perron skated in 70 games for them in 2006-07, scoring 39 goals with 44 assists along with another 12 goals and 16 assists in 17 playoff games. 

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