Canadian hockey team bus crashes

Tragedy triggers international outpouring of support

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On April 6, 2018, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Team collided with a semi-trailer near Amley, Saskatchewan, Canada. The crash killed 16 people and injured 13. The outpouring of support for the players and their families has been tremendous.

Some of the actions of support include NHL teams wearing Broncos stickers on their helmets and hockey players placing hockey sticks on their doorsteps. In addition, the Stanley Cup was sent to the injured players, and musical artist Drake honored the victims during the Toronto Raptors first home game of the playoffs.

(Gavin Davison)
As a show of support, these WJ students wore hockey jerseys to school.

Junior Geremy Davison said, “This tragedy has hit home with so many. The way people are coming together is really amazing.”

One of the most widely publicized events that occurred to show support and express condolences took place on April 12. That day was designated to “Wear a Hockey Jersey for Humboldt.”  The idea was developed by a group of hockey parents from British Columbia, and it gained huge momentum through the internet and social media.

Another amazing response involved the establishment of a GoFundMe account. Started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington, the fund has topped over $11.5 million dollars as of April 14. According to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, this altruistic campaign is the largest in Canadian history.

Walsh Jesuit supported the effort and encouraged students to wear hockey jerseys on that day. Drew Rossiter, senior and captain of the Warriors hockey team, commented, “Hockey has always been an important part of the Walsh Jesuit sports program. I am proud that the school supported such a great cause.”

Senior Easton Kindall remarked, “After playing hockey for so many years and being about the same age as the players who died or were hurt, I can’t image what their families and friends are going through. I hope the funds raised will help the victims and the families through this terrible time.”

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