Cape Breton students honour Humboldt Broncos

Cape Breton students honour Humboldt Broncos

All of the money collected at St. Juliana School is being donated to a GoFundMe page supporting the Humboldt Broncos' families in their time of need.

Wassermann, who spent most of the 2017-18 season with the SJHL's Broncos, played in two regular-season games with the Pats when they ran into injury situations at the goaltending position.

"The hockey community has always shown its tremendous support for the Canadian Armed Forces and it's now our turn to give back", he said. It gained traction when Winnipeg Jets broadcaster and Humboldt native Brian Munz shared a screenshot of a text message he said he received from a high school friend in the town of 6,000 people.

Her death brings the total number of dead to 16.

Balkovec said the tragedy has sparked an outpouring of support across the country, in part because long bus rides are so much a part of Canadian kids' experience playing hockey and other sports.

"I scored the first goal of the game, which was nice, but I remember it was a very charged atmosphere", said Tomlinson.

Ryan Connors, coach of the boys' Phoenix hockey team at Citadel, said he was devastated when news started coming in last Friday of a team bus crash in the remote reaches of Saskatchewan.

On Friday, a driver employed by Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. was briefly taken into police custody before being released after the truck he was driving collided with the Broncos' team bus near the intersection of Highway 335 and Highway 35. "Whereas - now - here, we don't know".

Hockey fans from as far away as Australia went on to post their own images, with the hashtag, variously rendered as #PutYourStickOut and #PutYourSticksOut, uniting them in heartbreak. "So it's really hard not to think about those players and their families and all the suffering that community's going to be going through". Three players were also former students and some teachers and staff even billeted players.