New Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen was a sophomore at the Academy of Holy Angelshigh school in Richfield, Minn.,when his home room teacher informed the class that the U.S. was under attack on themorning of Sept. 11, 2001.You didnt believe it, Hillen said Tuesday after his firstworkout with the Capitals at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The first time I saw itI thought, No way, that had to be an accident. Then you see the buildingfall, and here comes the second one. It was no accident. Over the next couple hours and the next couple days yourealize, man, the U.S. had some enemies that before that day you just neverthought about.Caps defenseman John Carlson has a similar memory of theattacks. He was in seventh grade and living in Colonia,New Jersey, a 40-minute train ride from Manhattan, when helearned of the attacks.They didnt tell us really what was going on, Carlson said.They tried to hold it back at first, but I remember kids with parents whoworked in the city were leaving school early. I remember getting home from school that day and seeing my momand my aunt talking about it and I realized this was a tragedy. Being from Jersey, it was closer to home because friends and familywere all affected by what happened. It was a terrible, terrible thing.Capitals left wing Jason Chimera was a member of theEdmonton Oilers and was preparing for training camp in Sherwood Park, Alberta when he saw thefirst reports of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.,which continued with plane crashes into the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.It was like a movie, he said, a bad, bad movie. It waslike, This is not real, is it? The guys minds were elsewhere, thats forsure.Eleven years later, Hillen said its important to rememberthe hundreds of lives that were lost on that day and the families the victimsleft behind.My heart still goes out to everybody that was in thosebuildings and on those planes, he said. The courageousness of the people whowere on Flight 93 that stopped it from going into the White House. Its a toughday. I feel bad.
Capitals reflect on Sept. 11 attacks
September 11, 2012, 6:17 pm