Donning jerseys to show support for Humboldt

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

In Pembroke and across the County of Renfrew, people of all ages donned jerseys at school or at work as they proudly shared their support across social media. It's any hockey player's dream to see the Stanley Cup up close and personal like that! Her 16-year-old son plays with the Langley Minor Hockey Association, and she told CTV Vancouver that all hockey families immediately felt the pain in Humboldt.

"Last week, we had a national tournament here in Green Bay, so there's probably a bunch of teams, a bunch of buses that were all closely tied to this tragedy and they were travelling as well", says Officer Matt Knutson. The family joined a nationwide effort to honor the players by placing hockey sticks in front of their home.

"Our hearts across Canada go out to the families after this tragic event and I think in order to show our support for them, wearing the jerseys today was a lovely idea", said Murphy.

He says his kids were touched by the tragedy in Canada.

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"There's no closure yet but it's been a really emotional time for everybody, some more than others, some because they've had personal connections, others just because they don't know how to handle", Lewgood said after Saturday's game.

Many people also added headsets, statistics sheets and other items to recognize the team broadcaster, the volunteer statistician and the bus driver lost in the crash.

Hawks players wore green helmets to honour the Broncos throughout the game and both teams were wearing Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys.

"Very tight-knit community, especially the youth hockey in the area", says Chris Beno, President, De Pere Area Youth Hockey.

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