BSS stands with the Humboldt Broncos

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BSS stands with the Humboldt Broncos

Natasha Czegledy

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Canada and the hockey community mourn as we remember the 16 lost lives and 13 injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer near Armley, Saskatchewan on April 6th, 2018. The bus, carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team, along with coaches and other persons associated with the Broncos, was on its way to a playoff game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, where the crash took place.    

“Everyone has been on that bus,” said Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, while reflecting on the tragic deaths caused by the crash. This has left Canadians distraught, remembering the times they have been on “that” bus. Being a hockey player myself and having travelled to many games with my teammates, I can’t help but reflect on the feeling of camaraderie that filled each bus ride. Watching the snow rush by outside and the frost gather on the window, the never ending card games, and the ear piercing music, there is no doubt that the Broncos were in good spirits during what would be their last bus ride of many.

Along with McDavid, many politicians and dignitaries across the world have expressed their deep condolences after the crash. In a statement to the public, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the greater Humboldt community sayinging that, “We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you.”

Several vigils and tributes have been seen across the country, including the social media hashtag #PutYourSticksOut. It began after a TSN radio host was messaged by a friend, urging him to leave his hockey stick on his porch because, “the boys might need them… wherever they are.” This quickly spread across Canada as a way to show one’s support.

On April 12, 2018, the BSS community joined Canada by placing hockey sticks in front of the school and wearing hockey jerseys for the day in support of all the victims and families affected by the tragic event. Like many, Grade 10 student Hilary Osler feels “honoured to stand with Canada in support of the Humboldt community. Even this small act can go a long way in the hearts of those affected.”