The Boston Bruins announced two fundraising initiatives, earlier this week, to help those affected by the awful Humboldt tragedy.
The first one was an online raffle for an entire suite for Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which took place on Saturday night. The organization also announced that its foundation hosted the 50/50 raffle on Thursday night's game vs. Toronto. All proceeds raised from the Super 50/50 Jackpot at Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, April 12 will be donated to support the Humboldt Broncos community.
Now the team has confirmed that they were able to raise a total of $200,000 for the community. This is absolutely amazing. Here is the official press release we can read on the Bruins' website:
"BOSTON - The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation will be donating a total of $200,000 to the Humboldt Broncos community relief efforts.
To support the Humboldt community, the Boston Bruins Foundation held two fundraising initiatives over the past week - a Super 50/50 raffle during Game 1 of the Bruins' first round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, April 12, and a raffle for a luxury suite for Game 2 of the playoff series which takes place tonight at the TD Garden."
This is just great. We have seen many NHL players, like Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews, to name but a few, go beyond the call of duty to lend their support to the grieving families. This is just one more example.
In case you have somehow missed what happened in Humboldt, last week, 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) died in a tragic bus accident on Highway 35, just outside of Nipawin, SK, on April 6. The team was on its way to a playoff game when a semi-transport truck collided with the bus.
This has been considered by many to be one of the worst tragedies in recent memory to hit the hockey world. There was a massive outpouring of support over the past few days. More than $11.4 million were raised for the players and families affected. We could read on the official GoFundMe page that "the money will go directly to families to help with any expenses incurred."