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In Canada, massively put on the porch hockey sticks – in memory of the dead players of the youth team

April 7 in Canada , a bus broke the youth hockey team “Hambold Broncos”, going to the away match of the tournament. The bus that collided on the highway with the truck was 29 people: ten players, a driver, two trainers, an assistant and a commentator were killed. Another 14 people were injured of varying severity: for example, 18-year-old hockey player Ryan Straschnitski (Ryan Straschnitzki) paralyzed below the chest.

Before the playoffs, the whole team bleached hair, which made it difficult to identify the dead. Because of this, there was confusion: the administration of Saskatchewan (the province where the Broncos are based) announced the names of the dead and made a mistake with one name. Because of this, Xavier Labelle was considered dead for over 24 hours, and Parker Tobin was alive.

Canada is a country where hockey is the main sport, where the attention of people is riveted to teams of different leagues and ages. The accident became a national tragedy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that residents are “in shock and mourning” from what happened. The condolences to relatives of victims were brought by players and NHL clubs, and several international matches began with a minute of silence.

NHL players during a minute of silence before the match. Photos of USA Today

Canadians teamed up to support the families of the dead. Within a few days, they raised six million dollars for them on the GoFundMe crowdsfunding platform. And on February 9 journalist Brian Munz (Brian Munz), who at the beginning of his career covered the matches of the Broncos, said that in Saskatchewan residents put on the porch hockey sticks in honor of young players.

Tweets of Munz became viral, and hundreds of photos of clubs appeared in social networks. Some did it for the sake of individual athletes, the Broncos. “I put a stick in honor of Adam Gerolta, amazing hockey player and a young man,” – said Tienan Monteleone. It was for Gerolt “billet familie”: the so-called families, who live young players from other cities, so as not to feel like strangers. Adam Gerolt died a week after his 17th birthday.

For the boys. #humboldt #humboldtbroncos #humboldtstrong

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Some Canadians put several sticks in honor of the dead. The celebrities also joined the action: the four-time Olympic champion in the women’s national hockey team of Canada, Haley Wickenheiser, put her first stick on the porch.

Some Canadians put several sticks in honor of the dead. The celebrities also joined the action: the four-time Olympic champion in the women’s national hockey team of Canada, Haley Wickenheiser, put her first stick on the porch.

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