Before the team’s competing in the 100th Memorial Cup were introduced, a tribute was held for a team that wasn’t.
Crowds gathered at Mosaic Stadium and Confederation Park to honour those involved in the tragic April 6th crash, which saw 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos killed and 13 others injured.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) May 18, 2018
Team President Kevin Garinger was at the ceremony, and spoke about how vital a force the game of hockey has been for them.
“This is about hockey, and the Humboldt Broncos are hockey,” he said. “To be able to come here and be celebrated in that way, as I said, it’s humbling in that way, but it’s also part of our healing process.”
The names of those injured flashed on screens across the building, as well as the hashtag #HumboldtStrong.
Following the tribute, Shaun Semple from the Brandt Group of Companies presented Garinger with a cheque for $100,000 to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.
Garinger called the tribute one “all about hockey,” something many of the departed organization personnel would agree with and would want.
“Darcy Haugan, Mark and the entire staff and everybody else, Dana, they’d be saying ‘ok, let’s get on with hockey, let’s play hockey.'”
“That’s what this is all about.”