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.
Earlier today Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby launched an initiative with team equipment manager Dana Heinze to have a special Penguins jersey with BRONCOS on the back and the signatures of every Penguins player. The jersey is currently en route to Humboldt, as a gift from one hockey team to another.
More than that, Crosby personally signed photos for each of the surviving players with the message, “Stay strong. We’re thinking of you.”
How noble and classy is that? To be fair though, we really shouldn’t expect anything less from Crosby. If nothing else, he’s shown throughout his career that he he’s a truly great leader with the ability to do and say exactly what’s required in even the most difficult of circumstances.
Good on you, Sid. You’re a hero to these young men and I’m sure that they’ll never forget your actions and your words of sympathy as they attempt to work through these truly tragic circumstances.
Rest in peace boys, you may be gone but you’ll NEVER be forgotten.
Penguins announce return of big screen, "Gold-Outs"
In other Penguins news, the team announced the return of its popular "Gold Outs" during road games this post season. Check out the official press release courtesy of the team's website:
The Pittsburgh Penguins today announced the return of the outdoor Big Screen for all home games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The large video screen, a staple of Penguins playoff hockey over the past decade, will be located once again near the Peoples Gate at PPG Paints Arena (at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place). In addition to the KeyBank Big Screen, a DJ, face painters, interactive games and appearances by special guests including Iceburgh will take place leading up to game time. The KeyBank Fan Zone will be activated outside the Peoples gate prior to each home game.
Inside PPG Paints Arena, "Gold-Outs" will again become the norm as the Pens will distribute gold t-shirts and towels to all fans in attendance. The three playoff presenting partners - PPG, UPMC and IGS Energy - will provide the t-shirts and towels for Game 1 against Philadelphia on Wednesday. For Game 2, t-shirts will be provided courtesy of Iron Workers Local Union No. 3, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 9. RAM Trucks will present the towels.
There will be a Coors Light party tent with a DJ outside near the Mario Lemieux statue. Food trucks are scheduled to be available along Centre Avenue.
Outside the Verizon Gate, fans of all ages can put their hockey skills to the test. Several interactive games will be set up including the "Penguins Combine." Fans completing the multi-step course will receive a voucher for a free public skating session at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. Face painters will also be available at no charge.
Also, fans may pick up free playoff yards signs at Pittsburgh area DICK'S Sporting Goods locations while supplies last. The signs are provided by DICK'S Sporting Goods.
Activation outside the arena will start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.