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Oilers hosting public Celebration of Life for Humboldt Broncos today at Rogers Place

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Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers, is hosting a public Celebration of Life today at 1pm MT for the families of Humboldt Broncos players Jaxon Joseph, Logan Hunter, Parker Tobin and Stephen Wack.

The four young men were amongst the 16 deceased from this month’s tragic bus crash in northern Saskatchewan when their team bus collided with a semi-transport truck on Highway 35. Joseph, Hunter, Tobin and Wack are believed to have died instantly upon impact. Currently 13 of their former teammates are still fighting for their lives in Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital. 

In the over two weeks that have passed since the tragic accident, the hockey world has bonded together in solidarity with Humboldt to support the families of the victims involved as well as the team’s surviving members. Currently, a GoFundMe account set up in the team’s name has raised over $12 million.

Those interested in donating to the fund can do so at:

https://ca.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos

Injured Humboldt Broncos players get special day with the Stanley Cup in hospital

In case you missed it earlier this week, the Stanley Cup made a special trip to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to visit with the injured members of the Humboldt Broncos junior A hockey team as they recover from the awful and tragic bus accident they experienced over a week ago.

Sixteeen members of the Broncos’ team, including 10 players, have died as a result of the crash, while another 13 are currently recovering in hospital. Among those 13 is Broncos defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki, who had a dream come true yesterday when he was presented with the Cup.

Check out this photo courtesy of Ryan’s father Tom:

To quote Tom:

“Look what made a surprise. Lord Stanley. And No. Ryan wouldnt touch it. Gotta win it to touch it. Jett didnt touch it either. Jaden, Momma and Erica. Wellllllllll.”

Haha! That’s awesome. Despite undergoing the fight of his life, Ryan still understands and respects hockey’s code. If you didn’t win it, you don’t touch it. Atta boy, Ryan!

”They know the tradition,”  said Tom, noting the other injured players didn’t want to touch the trophy either.

Straschnitzki, you may recall, is the young man who has pledged to make Canada’s Paralympic sledge hockey team after learning that he’ll be paralyzed from the chest down.