Local support for Humboldt Broncos grows as first funeral is held

Calgary trucking company involved in Humboldt bus crash suspended

Calgary trucking company involved in Humboldt bus crash suspended

On April 6, the Humboldt Broncos were headed north to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game when their bus collided with a semi-truck at a remote intersection near Tisdale, Sask.

"If it (were to) happen here, they'd probably do a movement like this and I thought it was important to support the families", Volek said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press.

Friday's tragic crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus and a tractor trailer killed 15 people and injured 14 others. The Humboldt Broncos, in a message posted to Twitter, responded: "We see you".

The Dane, Brons was 25 years old. Teenage boys, you know what I mean?

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.

Today has been declared national jersey day and people are being asked to show up for work or school wearing their favourite jersey as a show of support for the Broncos.

Major figures in the hockey have also made special mention of Brons.

"I think our turnout was over 300 people, which is absolutely phenomenal, it's one of the biggest Pups and Pints night turnouts we've ever had", Wiskar says.

It was Grade 5 student Lucas Phillipo who pulled on the jersey to show his support for Humboldt.

"The hockey community is a family, when something effects one of us, it affected all of us", explained Reynolds who played hockey for Johnson City.

And for the communities from which the players and team personnel hailed; all coming together in Humboldt to be a great junior "A" hockey team ... to be Broncos.

All the highways I travelled on in Saskatchewan seemed so flat and straight I would always quip you could see the next community, its silos and maybe a water tower, while still five kilometers away.

Globally, the largest GoFundMe campaign to date is the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which has raised $21.5 million.

A display in the foyer included dozens of photos, Leicht's No. 11 jersey, a Broncos hat and a picture of a smiling boy kneeling in front of a hockey net.

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