Bron­cos player called a hero for sav­ing lives with or­gan do­na­tions

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­LETTE DERWORIZ

LETH­BRIDGE, Alta. — Hum­boldt Bronco de­fence­man Lo­gan Boulet was called a hero and given a stand­ing ova­tion dur­ing his fu­neral Satur­day in a south­ern Al­berta arena after a few chants of “Lo­gan” and “Boulet.”

His god­fa­ther, Neil Langevin, told thou­sands of peo­ple at the ser­vice in Leth­bridge that ev­ery­one should get a stand­ing ova­tion at least once — based on a quote he read in the book, Won­der.

“I thought since we’re in a hockey rink and Lo­gan is a great hockey player that it would be suit­able for us to cheer loudly to re­mem­ber my god­son and our friend and our son,” said Langevin.

He led the crowd as one side cheered “Lo­gan” then the other said “Boulet.”

They re­peated the chant three times and then gave Boulet a stand­ing ova­tion.

Boulet, 21, was one of 16 peo­ple who died after a trans­port truck and a bus car­ry­ing the Hum­boldt ju­nior hockey team col­lided over a week ago at a ru­ral Saskatchewan in­ter­sec­tion.

His par­ents, Bernie and Toby, were among the first fam­i­lies to ar­rive at a Ni­pawin, Sask., church where peo­ple gath­ered after the crash.

They ended up at the Royal Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Saskatoon, where Lo­gan was kept on life sup­port un­til his or­gans could be do­nated.

Brian Friesen, who read two scrip­tures at the ser­vice, said there are six peo­ple who are still alive be­cause of his do­na­tion. “He’s a hero,” said the fam­ily friend. Boulet’s or­gan do­na­tion has also led to a na­tional surge in peo­ple sign­ing their donor cards.

Dur­ing the rest of the ser­vice, his em­pa­thy and kind­ness was on full dis­play as fam­ily and friends re­mem­bered him.

Jared Hei­dinger, a teacher at Leth­bridge’s Win­ston Churchill High School, said he started notic­ing traits in stu­dents that he wanted his own chil­dren to have.

“Lo­gan was one of those kids,” he said. “Hum­ble yet con­fi­dent. Hu­mor­ous but not at­ten­tion seek­ing. Hard­work­ing but bal­anced.”

Doug Pais­ley, one of Lo­gan’s mi­nor hockey coaches, said he was al­ways a ma­jor con­tribu­tor to the team.

“You talk about a team guy and team first — that was him,” he said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever coached a bet­ter per­son.”

Boulet was also re­mem­bered for his quick wit, his kind­ness and his abil­ity to build last­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Langevin said Lo­gan ex­celled at ev­ery role he took on. “He’s not just a hockey guy, he’s a great guy,” he said. Sev­eral dis­plays were set up at the arena, in­clud­ing one at the en­try­way with dozens of hockey sticks tied with green and yel­low rib­bons,

Lo­gan Boulet

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