Monday 9 April 2018

We Are All Broncos

Since the inception of this blog, Dreams and Colour, I have posted a quote on (most) Mondays. Usually a quote that either reflected on what currently going on in my life, or a quote to focus on for the week. I have spent the past few days thinking about a quote to post today that would capture my thoughts and feelings, and/or be the perfect tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. 

I have come up empty handed. Like all of Canada and the hockey world, I am struggling to find the words. So, instead of a quote I decided to post a couple of images.

On Friday, the Humboldt Broncos were on their way to Game 5 of a playoff series when the team bus was involved in a devastating accident. 29 people were on board and- as of this writing- 15 have died. The remaining 14 people are all injured. One of the players is currently on life support so his organs can be donated. Among the deceased are the head coach, team captain, and the radio broadcaster. You can learn more about members of the Broncos here.

Hockey teams from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, and other leagues came together to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos- moments of silence, special tributes, donating proceeds from 50/50 draws. A number of teams- both in the NHL and other leagues- gathered at centre ice to show unity and support for the Broncos; united in tragedy, united in hockey, united as a team.

My heart hurts for this team, community, family, friends, billets, volunteers. In Canada, practically all communities are close-knit hockey towns. Teams are ingrained in our identity and community pride. The teams unity and give back to our communities. Canada hurts and mourns with Humboldt. We are embracing Humboldt and sending love, thoughts and prayers.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support players and families affected.

I'm going to end this post with blank space. The space can be a moment of silence, a place for thoughts, a tribute to the team and community, a spot for everything unsaid and things that have yet to be said.

Humboldt, we stand with you. We are all Broncos.

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