‘Just ut­ter sad­ness’

Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety gath­ers pub­lic con­do­lences fol­low­ing Hum­boldt Bron­cos tragedy

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL.CA Colin.Chisholm@hantsjournal.ca

Af­ter one of the worst sports tragedies in Cana­dian his­tory, the Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety is step­ping up to of­fer its sup­port to the team and the fam­i­lies who were im­pacted.

On April 6, a bus car­ry­ing the Hum­boldt Bron­cos ju­nior hockey team col­lided with a trac­tor trailer in ru­ral Saskatchewan, killing 16 and leav­ing 13 in­jured, some of them se­ri­ously.

The cause of the ac­ci­dent re­mains un­known, but the in­ci­dent has swept the coun­try and the larger hockey world with grief.

Trina Nor­man, the pres­i­dent of the Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety, said the group was com­pelled to do some­thing.

“Per­son­ally, I was just so shocked and sad­dened by the whole thing,” Nor­man said. “It’s hard to imag­ine and it’s hard to put into words. Just ut­ter sad­ness.”

The Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety gave res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to sign a book of con- do­lence on April 14 and 15. The book and any cards left with the so­ci­ety will be sent to the mayor of Hum­boldt, Saskatchewan, to be for­warded to the Hum­boldt Bron­cos hockey team.

“We want to show the Hum­boldt Bron­cos hockey team that we stand with them,” she said.

The Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety has also do­nated a sum of undis­closed money to the GoFundMe page that has been es­tab­lished to help the im­pacted fam­i­lies pay for fu­neral and med­i­cal costs.

“We just felt that, as the Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety, that it was the right thing to do,” she said.

Al­though the in­ci­dent hap­pened in ru­ral Saskatchewan, Nor­man said the story has rocked the na­tion. The need to do some­thing or give back in some way is strong, she added.

“(Hum­boldt) is a small com­mu­nity, much like Wind­sor, about 6,000 peo­ple, and we feel deeply for them,” she said. “For the so­ci­ety, hockey is at the fore­front for us, and we feel a con­nec­tion through this.”


The GoFundMe page for the fam­i­lies im­pacted by the Hum­boldt Bron­cos tragedy has far sur­passed its $4 mil­lion goal.

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