Humboldt Broncos remembered at league championship opener

Sudbury artist 'Broncos Strong' for Humboldt

Sudbury artist 'Broncos Strong' for Humboldt

In the days after the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, the team's board said "the power of healing is in the game".

A faint sound of sobbing was heard in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 at Centennial Arena in Nipawin during the ceremony.

Thursday saw #JerseyDay take off across Canada and around the world, in which people were encouraged to wear their favourite team's colours as a way to honour the Broncos.

First responders were honoured and walked out onto the ice to a standing ovation.

Former Penguins defenseman Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon died in the crash, tweeted before the game: "Tonight I cheer for SJHL! We're all so happy you are playing".

In a release issued Friday, Saskatoon Sports Tourism declared April 14-16 as Play for Humboldt Weekend.

Tom Straschnitzki, father of 19-year-old Humboldt Broncos participant Ryan Straschnitzki who's doubtless one of many injured, knowledgeable CBC Data that he seen the sector containing the trophy being carted into Royal Faculty Hospital in Saskatoon, Sask., and instantly knew what was inside.

Recognizing the box from Stanley Cup presentations, he immediately suspected what was inside, and his suspicions were confirmed when someone wearing white gloves lifted the trophy from the case.

As the prize reached his son's hospital bed, Ryan Straschnitzki reportedly experienced a stunned expression on his face.

"They know that the convention", Tom said.

The Straschnitzki are from Airdrie, Alberta. Ryan's family knowledgeable CBC Data that the participant misplaced feeling in his legs due to his hurt.

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