NEW Country Dons Hockey Jerseys in Tribute to Humboldt Victims

Jaxon Joseph

Fifteen people died and 14 were injured when a truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team collided in Canada

People in a small Newfoundland community with a close connection to a victim of Humboldt's deadly bus crash donned hockey jerseys Thursday to show their support for the lost and the grieving.

"Definitely, she was one of the team", he said.

Stagg says this tragedy really hits home. "She was surrounded by those she loved and those who loved her".

"They may not notice this for a month or even a year, but they will know that in their dark, dark time, there was a worldwide community supporting them and it will be nice to know that they weren't alone as they probably feel right now". And they are using the sport to honour Brons and the others on the bus, planning some form of memorial and a moment of silence this weekend as they host the Regina Barracuda Junior B lacrosse team. "I'm a parent ... that's a light switch was turned off for all those kids that didn't make it". "You're taking on that responsibility".

"We have received so many requests from so many people and organizations reaching out to us about what they can do, interest in organizing a blood drive at their site or coming as a group to donate", said Mulatu, adding donations were also up about 10 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area.

Darren Wright, who operates a business in Chemainus called Speed Sincher Incorporated, grew up with his dad running the Capitals as general manager and then went on to play in the WHL and East Coast Hockey Leagues.

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The athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos has become the 16th person to die following a horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan last week.

"These boys deserve this", she said.

More significantly, he said, anyone involved with hockey knows the culture of the bus trip, the way it bonds teammates and can help a team gel as players endure hours in the winter darkness, stretched across cramped seats chatting, making friends.

Singh said the driver, whose name he did not provide, started working for him about a month ago.

"Lots of pressure on my mind", he said.

The team was on its way to play in game 5 of a semi-final playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.

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