Toronto Raptors and Drake honor Humboldt Broncos with incredible tribute

True class acts. Good on the NBA, the Raptors and Drake for stepping up like this.

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Prior to last night’s National Basketball League (NBA) playoff game between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, the hometown Raptors took a moment to remember the 16 victims of last week’s tragic bus accident involving the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos. And, as you might imagine, Raptor super fan Drake was a bit part of it.

Prior to puck drop…. er tip off… Drake stopped by the team’s locker room with a Broncos jersey and asked that each play sign it. Check out the video, courtesy of the Raptors’ official Twitter account:

The message: 

Last night was bigger than basketball.
For: Dayna Brons, Logan Schatz, Jaxon Joseph, Conner Lukan, Stephen Wack, Logan Hunter, Evan Thomas, Adam Herold, Jacob Leicht, Logan Boulet, Parker Tobin, Darcy Haugan, Mark Cross, Tyler Bieber, Brody Hinz, Glen Doerksen
+the 13 battling

The names, of course, are of the 16 individuals who tragically died as a result of last Friday’s awful accident. Drake didn’t stop there though, he wore the jersey during the game, which the Raptors won 114-106, in his customary court side seat. 

No official word yet on what Drake intends to do with the jersey, but it’s probably safe to assume that he’ll auction it off and use the proceeds to donate to the Humboldt Broncos community.

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

In case you missed it yesterday, 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.