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On April 7th, a bus crash that shocked the nation and saddened the hockey world took the lives of 16 people, and injured 13 others. The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan but never made it. A semi truck hit the bus they were riding in.
There have been many fundraisers held to support the families and Humboldt Community. As of today over $10 million has been collected through a Go Fund Me Page. Tec Voc High School managed to raise $220 for the cause.
This tragic event has garnered the attention of so many around the world, including many professional leagues. The NHL paid tribute to the team and the families. Many moments of silence were held at games, and the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks replaced their name bars with the teams name Broncos. Every NHL team currently has the Humboldt Bronco logo on their helmets.
Another tribute that spread like wild fire was the placing of a hockey stick by homes, businesses and community gathering places. This stemmed from a tweet with a picture of a hockey stick placed by someone's front door. It was followed by the words "Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it…wherever they are."
April 12th Tec Voc High School students and staff joined many around the world wearing green or a hockey jersey in honour of the Broncos. Nothing can bring the lives we lost back, but seeing the support from coast to coast and across the seas has truly shown we can come together through even the most horrific circumstances.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Humboldt for a short time to talk to the players. He stated, "We will get through this".
For the families of the victims it will take time to get through this. No one can imagine the anguish they must be feeling. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 56. Losing a loved one is probably one of the most difficult things in life you will go through, but in such a tragic way is unimaginable. However, through the incredible show of love and support, it will make it easier.
The lesson we can learn from the tragic event is being good to one another, and as often as possible. Tell your loved ones you love them because, tomorrow is not guaranteed.
By Nicholas Sousa