Canada Bus Crash: People Are Leaving Hockey Sticks on Porches in Tribute to 15 Victims
The trend is gaining steam thanks to social media.
Hockey sticks are appearing on porches across America and Canada in honor of the 15 people who lost their lives in a tragic bus crash on Friday.
Canadian sports broadcaster Brian Munz urged his followers this weekend to leave their hockey sticks out on porches in tribute to the 10 young Humboldt Broncos players and five others, including two coaches, who lost their lives when their bus violently smashed into a truck.
Along with the hashtag #putyoursticksout photos of the trending tribute have since popped up across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as mourners declare themselves and the world #humboldtstrong.
"Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt," Munz wrote Sunday along with a photo of a hockey stick on a porch. "Inviting you to do the same as we remember and send our thoughts to the #HumboldtBroncos.#PrayersForHumboldt #Broncostrong #Humboldtstrong #theSJHL #TSNHockey'
Earlier this week, at the hockey rink that the Broncos called home, hundreds gathered to memorialize the dead, including Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond," Trudeau tweeted Saturday.
The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35, police said.
Among the dead are Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber.
"Darcy Haugan was an incredible coach, he was an incredible father and was an incredible GM," said Humboldt Broncos President Kevin Garinger during a news conference.
Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said he's received phone calls and messages from people around the world offering condolences.
"Words cannot describe the sadness in our community tonight." the mayor tweeted.
The NHL's Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks came together on the ice wearing Broncos jerseys for a moment of silence before Saturday's game in Winnipeg.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were also among those offering condolences.
"Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear word of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team," the queen's statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much, with their families and with all Canadians who grieve with them at this difficult time."
Officials have identified the 10 players killed in the crash, as well as the five team personnel members. They are:
Adam Herold, 16, of Montmartre, Saskatchewan
Connor Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake, Alberta
Evan Thomas, 18, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jacob Leicht, 19, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Jaxon Joseph, 20, of Edmonton, Alberta
Logan Boulet, 21, of Lethbridge, Alberta
Logan Hunter, 18, of St. Albert, Alberta
Logan Schatz, 20, of Allan, Saskatchewan
Stephen Wack, 21, of St. Albert, Alberta
Parker Tobin, 18, of Stony Plain, Alberta
Brody Hinz, 18, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Darcy Haugan, 42, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Glen Doerksen, 59, of Carrot River, Saskatchewan
Mark Cross, 27, of Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
Tyler Bieber, 29, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for the victims. By Tuesday, the campaign had raised more than $6 million.
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