Bay Roberts charity game raises upwards of $8,000 for Tobin family
First responders take to the ice against town to honour Humboldt tragedy
BAY ROBERTS, NL — The Bay Arena was filled to the brim last weekend for a hockey game in memory of the Humboldt Broncos.
The spirit of hockey has had a strong presence in Bay Roberts since a fatal accident in Saskatchewan between a transport truck and the Humboldt Broncos’ bus resulted in the death of 16 people on Friday, April 6th. The community’s flags flew at half-mast, a memorial event was held at the Bay Arena, and residents of the town showed an outpouring of support for victims and their families in the days since the accident.
Parker Tobin, 18, was among the 16 players and personnel from the junior hockey team that died as a result of the collision. Parker’s father, Eddie Tobin, was a Bay Roberts native and an active member of the town’s hockey community.
On Saturday, April 14th, the Bay Arena was once again filled with green and yellow as people from Bay Roberts and surrounding areas joined together to watch members of the community take to the ice in memory of the Broncos.
The game saw a team of first responders, the majority of which were RCMP officers from the Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace detachments, facing off against a team representing the town of Bay Roberts – members of council and town employees, as well as some members of the local fire brigade.
This money-raising effort was ultimately a great success. As of Monday afternoon, April 16th, the charity game raised upwards of $8,000, and the funds were expected to continue growing in the coming days. This number, as RCMP Const. Bryan Vaughan explained, was the result of donations from residents, as well as plenty of businesses in the area, such as Tim Hortons, who donated 400 donuts to be sold for a dollar each, with the final dollar amount being matched by the restaurant. This money is set to go toward to Tobin family once all is counted up.
“The game went really well. The arena was packed, and I could see from down on the ice there were plenty of people wearing green and yellow, or jerseys as a show of respect to the victims and survivors,” said Vaughan. “It was nice to see so many people come out just to show their support for not only the Tobin family, but everyone involved with the Broncos. It was a lot of fun, and for a great cause, so we were more than happy with the way it all turned out.”
Saturday’s game was also livestreamed on a Bay Roberts tourism Facebook page, which Vaughan said was viewed by upwards of 2,400 different people, from as far as Florida and California. The game, which began at around 8 p.m. that night, ultimately saw the team representing the Town of Bay Roberts come out on top, with a final score of 9-7.
“It was a close game, but maybe next year if we do another game against the town, we’ll take it to them then,” Vaughan said, noting that another charity game in the future may be something they could put together for the coming years. “But really, we were all there for the same reason, and I think it all worked out great.” available. Musicians are encouraged to bring along an instrument and participate in the entertainment or just sit and tap your feet to the sound of some of your favorite country songs. Hope to see you there.
At the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear, every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. with the draw taking place at 9 p.m. For information call 596-3691. The Bay Roberts Lions Club is hosting an old time country music-bluegrass open mic session on the fourth Sunday of every month. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge at the door and cafeteria service is
Players from various divisions of the minor hockey league took some time to pay their respects to victims and survivors of Friday’s accident.