Bay Roberts char­ity game raises upwards of $8,000 for Tobin fam­ily

First re­spon­ders take to the ice against town to hon­our Hum­boldt tragedy

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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

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Play­ers from var­i­ous di­vi­sions of the mi­nor hockey league took some time to pay their re­spects to vic­tims and sur­vivors of Fri­day’s ac­ci­dent.

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