The Humboldt Broncos have been on the minds of people all across Canada and now in the United States as well over the weekend after 15 lives were lost in a collision involving their team bus. Friday evening, the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) were involved in a serious bus accident on Highway 35 just outside of Nipawin, SK, resulting in the death of 15 individuals, while leaving another 14 injured.
The NHL and the entire hockey world has come together over the past few days in a truly remarkable show of sympathy, compassion and solidarity for the individuals lost and the lives affected by this awful tragedy. There has also been a great show of support for the team, as their Go Fund Me page (Raising money for the players and families affected) reached over $5.5 million on Monday. However, we all know that the most important thing is that the players who lost their lives will not be forgotten, and with a new movement that emerged overnight and has already gone viral, it is heart warming to see that the hockey community will never forget them.
In the past few days, a new trend emerged in which hockey fans and families everywhere decided to leave hockey sticks outside to honour the team and the players who lost their lives.
Brian Munz of TSN shared this image on social media to show his support as a friend of his placed a hockey stick outside of his door, on his porch, saying: "Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it... wherever they are." Munz then explained: "
Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt. Inviting you to do the same as we remember and send our thoughts to the #HumboldtBroncos.
#PrayersForHumboldt #Broncostrong #Humboldtstrong #theSJHL #TSNHockey"
People began sharing images of their own sticks left on their porch, at a rink or wherever they felt it best honoured the lives lost. Some NHL players joined in the movement to support the families and friends of the victims, and to let them know they will not be forgotten. This is just a few examples of the new movement that has gone viral in the most beautiful way.
If you head to Twitter and see the #SticksOutForHumboldt, you will see so many touching pictures of people putting out their sticks for the boys who lost their lives in the tragic accident. Because hockey is the greatest sport in the world. And the boys might need them.