In case you have somehow missed the awful events of Friday evening, prepare to be shocked. 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 four days in a truly remarkable show of sympathy, compassion and solidarity for the individuals lost and the lives affected by this awful tragedy.
Yesterday afternoon the Boston Bruins announced two initiatives to help those affected by this awful tragedy. Courtesy of the team’s official website, here are the two fundraising initiatives for the Humboldt community:
The first initiative is an online raffle for an entire suite for Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting bruinsraffles.org.
In addition, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be hosting 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. The winner is guaranteed to win at least $25,000. The raffle is live online and fans can purchase raffle tickets by visiting bruins5050.org (Please note in order to purchase tickets online, fans must be physically in the state of Massachusetts at the time of purchase).
The Boston Bruins and Boston Bruins Foundation have pledged to donate a minimum of $50,000 to the Humboldt community through these efforts.
Information on how to get involved with these initiatives as well as any future initiatives and news will be included on BostonBruins.com/Humboldt.
Good on the Bruins for stepping up and assuming a leadership role during this difficult time. The hockey community is a family and when family needs you, you answer the call. No hesitation and no questions asked. Once again, good on you, Boston Bruins.
Bruins forward David Backes joined in an online movement last night by placing his hockey stick out on his patio door and lighting a candle to memorialize the 15 young men lost in Friday’s tragic accident.
Rest in peace, boys. Gone but NEVER forgotten.