BRIDGEPORT -- His own emotions don't compare, he knows, to those closer to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Each Bridgeport player wore the last name of one of the 20 first-graders who were killed in Newtown on Dec. 14.
"I was kind of struggling with it at the start of the game," DeFazio said. "You almost feel like you should be stronger, considering what the families are going through.
"You're upset, and you're just seeing it."
It was an arresting sight, the team in their black alternate jerseys, each with an unfamiliar name on the back that became all too familiar over the previous week.
"It's tough. It's tough for everyone," said David Ullstrom, who wore Jessica Rekos' name above his No. 24.
"I've been putting lots of thoughts into the whole situation. There's no good answer. It's messed up."
The video the team showed wasn't easy to watch, either, DeFazio said. It included scenes from Newtown, including the iconic flagpole on Route 25, and Bridgeport's leaders -- captain Colin McDonald, alternates Matt Watkins and Jon Landry, veteran Ty Wishart -- expressing their support for the community.
The video pointed out the green ribbons the team will wear on their white and blue sweaters, the commemorative stickers on their helmets, the design painted on the ice behind the nets.
"I think those people, what they're going through, it breaks your heart," DeFazio said. "I'm just sorry for their loss."
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