The hockey community is in mourning after 15 people were killed in a bus crash involving the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos. The team was travelling to play a postseason matchup against the Nipawin Hawks when the incident occurred near the town of Gronlid on Highway 35.
Players and other notable members of the hockey world have expressed their support for the Humboldt community, with the latest being NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. In an emotional tweet, ‘The Great One’ addressed the tragedy and shared his sympathy for the families.
Gretzky is just one of many personalities to share his condolences. Earlier today, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon, addressed the media with a heartfelt statement. Edmonton Oilers head coach and Saskatchewan native Todd McLellan also spoke with the media about the crash.
NHL teams are playing their part in assuring the Humboldt community that it is in their thoughts. The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks are both wearing 'Broncos' as nameplates while other franchises are supporting the team with stickers on their helmets.
(H/T Wayne Gretzky)