SportFitz salute to the Humboldt Broncos
On Friday, April 16th, 2018, the lives of sixteen people ended suddenly when the bus they were traveling on collided with a tractor-trailer, carrying a load of Peat Moss. They collided with such force that the bus was torn in half. Humboldt, Saskatchewan was left to grieve the unimaginable … to try and come to terms with such a devastating tragedy. News spread across Canada, and our collective-tears have rippled outward to other Countries – together we share in their loss.
We, at SportFitz, are all parents, and are stunned by the senseless loss of all these lives. This would be a parent’s worst nightmare! This should have never happened to these bleached blond boys, who were proudly sporting their “Playoff-Hair”. We can’t possibly be arrogant enough to assume that we know that level of pain, but we do know the love that we hold for our children, and our concerns that they will be kept safe from harm. Our heartfelt condolences to the sixteen people who lost their lives, and to the others who are learning to deal with their new reality.
These boys were only 1/2 an hour away from the Arena where they would skate their play-off game with the Nipawin Hawks. I can imagine that the parking lot was starting to fill, and that the spectators were mulling around, chatting about the upcoming game. Perhaps some of the Bronco’s parents were there, anxiously, waiting for the team to arrive.
One by one, the devastating news came – news that they hoped they would never hear. A hushed grief spread through the streets of Humboldt, and green and yellow Bronco Jerseys started popping up in many windows, as a symbol of solidarity. Since that time the “Put Your Stick Out” movement has spread across the country to honor the Humboldt Broncos. Hockey sticks can be found on porches, as far away as Australia and Iraq. These sticks represent unfulfilled dreams, and lives which have been taken far too soon, along with those who are still fighting for their lives, and injured.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help families with expenses. It is the largest GoFundMe campaign in Canada, ever, and has accepted donations from 65 countries. So far, over ten million dollars have been collected.
SportFitz salutes these interrupted-lives. “If you are looking for a Hockey Stick to use in Heaven, there are a lot of them to chose from here.”
RIP – Forever Young
Adam Herold (16), Conner Lukan (21), Even Thomas (18), Jacob Leicht (19), Jaxon Joseph (20), Logan Boulet (21), Logan Hunter (18), Logan Schatz (20), Stephan Wack (21), Parker Tobin (18), Brody Hinz (18), Darcy Haugan (42, General Manager and Head-Coach), Glen Doerksen (59 Bus Driver), Mark Cross (27 Assistant Coach), Tyler Bieber (29, Humboldt Radio Announcer), and Dayna Brons (24, Athletic Therapist).