Today, April 6 marks exactly one year since 16 lives were tragically lost in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. To commemorate and remember the lives the lost, Canadians are putting their sticks out for Humboldt, once again on the anniversary of the deadly crash.
It was one year ago to the day that the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and their staff was hit by a transport truck in Saskatchewan. We now know that the truck was driven by Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who failed to stop at a stop sign, causing the horrific crash. Sidhu has since been sentenced to eight years in prison.
At the time of the crash though, 16 people were tragically killed and 13 others were injured. Those who lost their lives are:
- Logan Boulet, 21 years old
- Adam Herald, 16 years old
- Brody Hinz, 18 years old
- Logan Hunter, 18 years old
- Jaxon Joseph, 20 years old
- Jacob Leight, 19 years old
- Connor Lukan, 21 years old
- Logan Schatz, 20 years old
- Evan Thomas, 18 years old
- Parker Tobin, 18 years old
- Stephan Wack, 21 years old
- Tyler Bieber, 29 years old (team announcer)
- Dayna Brons, 24 years old (team trainer)
- Mark Cross, 27 years old (assistant coach)
- Glen Doerekson, 59 years old (bus driver)
- Darcy Haugan, 42 years old (head coach)
All of the victims of the crash, including the 13 who were injured are being remembered by Canadians today, who are once again putting their sticks out for Humboldt.
In the aftermath of the crash, to pay tribute to the victims and families, Canadians began leaving hockey sticks outside of their front doors. Now on the anniversary of the tragic accident, Canadians are reigniting the commemoration once again.
Across the country, hockey sticks are being put out to remind everyone that we are Humboldt Strong and to show support for the victims and their families on what is likely a difficult day.
The Stouffville Spirit Minor Atom AE team is playing in their final tournament of the year, and in memory and respect for the Humboldt Broncos the team has taped their sticks in Green, Play Hard Boys #humboldtstrong #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/nD312Mk9HW— mike c. (@string1956) April 6, 2019
Even the NHL is paying tribute to the Humboldt Broncos, posting a video on their Twitter today showing their sticks out at all the teams in across Canada and the US. The video features the song, Humboldt Strong which was written by an Ontario musician shortly after the crash.
On April 6, and always, we are all Humboldt Strong.