#PutYourStickOut for Humboldt: A True North tribute
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 8:18 PM - Canadians from coast-to-coast are digging out their hockey sticks and placing them outside their homes in honour of the Humboldt Broncos.
The trend started on Sunday when TSN broadcaster Brian Munz shared a photo on Twitter from a friend living in Humboldt, Sask.
"Leaving it out on the porch tonight," the message read. "The boys might need it...wherever they are."
Munz invited others to do the same in the Tweet. The post has been retweeted over 5,000 times since Sunday night, and not only Canadians are leaving their sticks out, but those in the United States and around the world. Photos are being shared with the hashtag #PutYourStickOut.
Fifteen members of the junior ice hockey team were killed in a bus crash Friday evening, in one of the worst disasters to strike the country's sporting community. The death toll rose to 16 on Wednesday, when it was announced that athletic therapist Dayna Brons had died in hospital.
Fourteen other members were injured in the accident, which occurred as the team was travelling to a league playoff game in the town of Nipawin, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Humboldt. The bus collided with a semi-trailer truck.
Condolences poured in from both current and former players, professional sports organizations and political leaders. Hundreds of people, including National Hockey League (NHL) players, attended an emotional vigil on Sunday at Humboldt's Elgar Petersen Arena.
A GoFundMe page was created for the affected players and their families on Friday by the mother of a former Broncos teammate with an initial target of $10,000. As of 4:30 p.m. ET Monday, it had raised over $5.9 million.