While an outpouring of support for the Humboldt Broncos has steadily continued for almost two years, students at R.E. Mountain Secondary School are hoping to commemorate the date and honour the fallen players – despite classes note being in session due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 6th marks two years since sixteen people – 10 players, three coaches, and three assistants for the Saskatchewan hockey team– were killed during a crash between a coach bus and semi-trailer.
Jersey Day was initiated almost immediately after by a group of Langley hockey moms who created the campaign for schools to show support.
Students were asked to wear a Humbolt Broncos jersey or a jersey or their own sports team in memory of the team – something Grade 12 student Stanley Lee said will continue on this year.
“My friend and I are all in this fun leadership class in school, and she first proposed this idea to me last year,” Lee said. “We just put out a instagram post with our school about having a jersey day from home to remember the two year anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.”
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Hey Eagles! Hope everyone is staying safe out there and finding some stuff to do! Almost 2 years ago, this tragedy hit every single one of us, deep in our hearts. We hope everyone will join us on April 6th, put on your favourite jersey, and remember these amazing people that lost their life💚 This is our 3rd year doing this, and it always leaves us in tears when we see the respond from our school community💙 We won’t see you in person this year, so please, send us a photo of you and your family in the jerseys or tag us in your stories, we’ll try and feature you to send some love and positivity! We would also like to challenge some of our friends from our district to do this with us, and any local businesses or group that would like to join us in this 💚💚@wgssathletics @brookswoodsecondary @langleysaints @dwpoppyathletics @yorksoncreekwolves @peterewartmiddle @acss.totems @langleyschools @langleyadvancetimes
Instead of donning a jersey for school, Lee is encouraging people to still wear one at home on Monday, April 6, and share a picture on social media.
“With hockey so big in our community and us knowing so many friends that get on that bus everyday and spending times with some of their best friends, it just makes it so special in our heart, even though we didn’t know them personally,” Lee added.
The Grade 12 student said the leadership group has put the challenge out to other schools in hopes students and staff with do the same.
People can tag @remssathletics in their post and use the hashtag #HumboldtStrong to show support for the team members and their families.
The Government of Saskatchewan additionally proclaimed April 7 as Green Shirt Day to honour Humboldt Broncos’ player Logan Boulet.
It was created by the Boulet family, with the hopes that it will be recognized across Canada and will inspire people to consider organ and tissue donation.
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