It was a way to honour the Humboldt Broncos and those affected by the tragic bus crash that took place two weeks ago Friday as the Farrell Agencies Arena was the site of Benefit Hockey Game Thursday night.
Organizer Bret Peppler says the event exceeded any expectations he had.
“I know we have a strong hockey community here in Yorkton and the area, but I didn’t expect this,” Peppler says. “What a night it was; a nice game out there, a lot of unreal players, and just the support from the Hockey community with all the fans, the volunteers, all the donations, the raffle items, all the support we got was amazing. I didn’t expect this for sure.”
Also competing in the game was Grandview product and current New York Islanders defenceman Ryan Pulock, and he says when he was asked, it was no-brainer to be involved.
“Being able to give back a little bit, it’s obviously really small, not doing anything big, but to be able to come here and show my support for those guys and those families, I thought it was very important.”
Meanwhile the game might’ve meant more to Rhein product and Humboldt Broncos prospect Zach McIntyre who suited up for 8 games with the Broncos this season.
MacIntyre says it was nice to get back on the ice in honour of the Bronco organization.
“It’s good to take my mind off of a lot of things, all of the proceeds go to a great cause, and I’m just happy to be a part and play for my friends.”
Funds are still trickling in, but a tentative total of over $50,000 was raised from Thursday night’s game.