Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome was packed last night, but unlike a typical Saturday night, the crowd wasn’t there to cheer on the hometown Calgary Flames. They were there for television superstar Ellen Degeneres.
The talk show host, movie superstar and standup comedian gave a special performance in what was billed as,“A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres”, but before taking the stage and joining Calgary TV personality Dave Kelly, DeGeneres first kissed a hockey stick and placed it alongside dozens of others in honor of the victims from this month’s tragic bus crash just outside of Nipiwin, Saskatchewan.
Here’s a clip of the heart warming gesture:
Sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos junior A hockey team have tragically passed, while 13 others remain either in hospital or at home recovering from their injuries.
“My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community. I am sending so much love to everyone affected,” said Degeneres at the time of the tragedy. Last night she echoed her earlier sentiments, telling the crowd, “My heart breaks for everyone.”
Incredibly, more than $15 million has been raised through a GoFundMe account for the families affected by this awful tragedy. And, while Degeneres’ words and her gesture yesterday evening are nothing more than just words and gestures, there’s no denying that her attention to this tragedy has helped raise its level of awareness ten fold. It’s not often that mega superstars are talking about problems in a tiny little community like Humboldt, Saskatchewan. So, thank you Ellen for sharing your love and your support for the Humboldt Broncos.
Toronto Raptors and Drake honor Humboldt Broncos with incredible tribute
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 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.