On April 6th, the hockey community lost 15 brothers. The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan when disaster struck. The Bronco's bus was involved in a collision that took 15 lives. Since the tragedy, the hockey community has been showing their support for everyone involved. From the Humboldt Strong hashtag to donating over 7 million dollars to their GoFundMe, everyone has come together to help aid in any way possible. At CoolHockey, we realize that we have a platform that we can use to help others, especially in difficult situations like this. That's why we're writing this post, to help bring awareness to the many opportunities we have as a community to show our support for the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of the accident.
After the tragedy, Sylvie Kellington, a mother of a former Bronco and resident of Humboldt, started a GoFundMe page where anyone can donate. The GoFundMe will directly aid the families who have incurred any expenses as a result of the crash. You can donate to the GoFundMe by clicking here.
In the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks showed their support for the community by wearing custom jerseys in their Saturday night game. Each player had their own name replaced with "Broncos" on their jerseys and kept them throughout the game. There is no word yet on whether the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the cause, but we will add a link when and if they are. Other teams across the league also showed their support with helmet stickers honouring the team.
Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays showed his support with a special inscription on his cap that is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the families. You can bid on the hat by clicking here.
If you're not in a situation to donate or have already donated, you can still show your support for the Broncos. You can share your messages by using #HumboldtStrong when posting messages, prayers, or thoughts to social media. Another way of showing support is through #SticksOutForHumboldt or #SticksOut. Across the hockey universe, players and fans have been placing their hockey sticks outside their front door as a sign of solidarity with the Humboldt community. This Thursday as part of another movement, you can also show your support by wearing a hockey jersey.
At CoolHockey, we are saddened by the event of this past weekend and offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by the crash. We are here for the Humboldt community and want to show our support while also helping others show theirs.