Michael DiPietro didn't personally know any of the Humboldt Broncos affected in the early April bus crash, but their mutual connection through the game of hockey inspired him to pay tribute to fallen and current members of the hockey club.
The Canucks prospect and Ottawa 67s goaltenders will be one of the two netminders tasked with leading the Team Canada at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver. This past week, DiPietro unveiled his custom Bauer 2X Pro's he'll be sporting for the tournament.
The pads feature three Canadian leaves on his blocker, catcher and pads. But on the cuff on his catcher, the 19-year-old should his solidarity by getting Bauer to stitch the Saskatchewan Junior A hockey club's name to the right of his last name.
The reigning OHL goaltender of the year paid his respects to the Broncos by incorporating them on his Canucks mask he used in training camp.
He's still just a teenager, but DiPietro is mature beyond his years.