To be honest, I don’t really know how to start this post. I’m not even two sentences in, and my eyes are already watery. When this came out, the Jays were playing a game against the Rangers, so my undivided attention was watching the game. I didn’t hear about it until a few minutes after the game, and I saw Hazel’s retweet along the other tweets and retweets on my timeline like this from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Twitter moments.
We ask all members of the SaskHockey community to join us in saying a prayer for the the Humboldt Broncos team and their families.
— #HumboldtStrong (@sask_hockey) April 7, 2018
The Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team from Saskatchewan, were involved in a serious bus accident while on the way to their next game. Police have confirmed multiple deaths and injuries. https://t.co/UuRhtZTncf
— Twitter Moments Canada (@CanadaMoments) April 7, 2018
I can’t really put it into words about how I feel. I was obviously sad and worried about the players and the families, but also scared and nervous because this literally could happen to anyone. Reading these tweets and retweets on your timeline or watching the news breaks your heart. These sweet, beautiful, innocent lives were taken too soon. Players losing their family, their teammates, their brothers. I was reading some of the tweets of people who knew the players and I remember just crying in bed. They all had a bright future ahead of them. Some of them could’ve been competing for the Olympics or the NHL one day.
Travel make seem nice to some, but all modes of transportation is a scary experience. Every time I or someone leaves and go on a plane etc., I always pray for a safe flight and landing. I’m not 100% at ease until I know they are at home or at a hotel safe and sound, I need a quick phone call or text for reassurance they are safe. I can’t even imagine how the families, friends and the entire Humboldt community are feeling. Reading about the whole accident, watching the news, you can’t help but cry and want to do something to help them. Seeing players, not just in the hockey community, but also athletes in other sports and support from all over the world, the world is praying for Humboldt.
Yesterday, I remember reading about those innocent lives lost and watching the Vigil. From reading about the Head Coach, Darcy Haugan to Logan Boulet and donating his organs, it was a beautiful way to for the world to learn and remember them.
Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt.
— Brian Munz (@BrianMunzTSN) April 9, 2018
Niagara Falls was illuminated in the colours of green and gold this evening, as a symbol of binational support for the residents of Humboldt, Saskatchewan as they deal with the pain and shock emanating from Friday’s terrible crash. #HumboldtBroncos #HumboldtStrong #NiagaraFalls pic.twitter.com/lrFcH2FI8c
— Christine Hess (@christine_chess) April 9, 2018
Tonight, there are empty beds where young men slept and dreamt of moments of glory and joy in the game, empty chairs where they ate with their second family, and empty lockers where their jerseys hang – never to be worn again. Time, like ice – is frozen. #HumboldtBroncos
— Tom Harrington (@cbctom) April 8, 2018
I’ll bounce back and get better. Promise. Prayers still with #HumboldtBroncos and everyone involved. Way too tragic. Going to auction off the hat I wore today with all proceedings going towards the cause. Stay strong! 🇨🇦 @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/BKfw7TaBEI
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) April 8, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and community of the Humboldt Broncos. From our family to yours, we send our condolences and hearts during this difficult time.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 7, 2018
This is Canada. We all come together as a family at times like this. We’re here for each other.
While it will never be able to replace the pain and suffering, I’m thankful for all the people who started Go Fund Me pages to help support the families. Here are some ways we can all help the Humboldt Broncos and their families.
If you know anymore ways we can help those affected, please send me an email!
Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you,