Langley lacrosse players and fans unite for Humboldt

Vancouver Stealth demonstrate how Canada sticks together, raising $14,000 for Humboldt.

Saskatchewan strong. Okay, that’s not the hashtag. It’s #HumboldtStrong.

But fans in Langley felt the Prairie power last night, when the Saskatchewan Rush trampled the Vancouver Stealth 20-10 and at the same time the recent tragedy in Saskatchewan prompted the lacrosse crowd to reach deep into their pocket to help those devastated by a bus accident that killed 16 people and injured another 10 from the Humboldt Broncos.

Indeed, the strength, resolve, and determination of the Saskatchewan players wasn’t the only impressive display at Langley Events Centre on Friday.

More moving was a jersey fundraiser that fueled a donation of $14,000 to Humboldt.

The local pro lacrosse team held an online auction throughout the week and ended with a live auction during last night’s game where fans were encouraged to bid on their favourite players, mascot, and game host’s jerseys.

After the tallies were calculated Stealth fans raised $13,475, explained defenceman Andrew Suitor.

“This was a great cause, no matter if you play junior hockey or junior lacrosse, you are on a bus with all your friends and travelling around and it is not something you should be expecting,” Suitor said.

“Our hearts are full, everyone is behind that community, not just B.C. or Ontario, but all of Canada. This game meant a lot because you always hear, there are more important things than just sports and we have found out the hard way last week that community is more important than sports.”

He went on to say: “Canada is a community and how we have come together with hockey sticks outside on front porches and wearing a jersey in solidarity, it does not matter where you are from or what your background is, we are Canadian, and we stick together.”

In the matchup with Saskatchewan Rush Friday, Vancouver came out hard. But they quickly fell behind the Prairie team and never fully regained their footing.

Vancouver opened the scoring 25 seconds into the first frame, but it was all Saskatchewan after that, closing the half with a 9-2 lead. After half time, the Stealth sparked a five-goal third and a three-goal fourth, but the Rush were too much, closing the game with 20-10 victory.

But the night was about much more than the game itself. Friday night was also a celebration for the Stealth and their fans, during their annual Lacrosse on the Move Night.

Every year, the Stealth dawn custom British Columbia flag inspired jerseys and auction them off to benefit the BC Lacrosse on the Move Fund. This year, the Stealth, the BCLA – along with sponsor Vanichuk Transport – decided that the only option was to donate money raised to those affected by the Humboldt tragedy.

Once the official total was announced, Stealth owner Denise Watkins donated $525 to bring the tally to $14,000 going to Humboldt Relief Fund through Conexus Credit Union.

A very special thank to the annual BC jersey sponsor Mike Vanichick Transport Co., and BC Lacrosse, Watkins said.

“From the Stealth ownership, team and staff, we extend our sincerest condolences to all of those effected by the tragedy that has taken place and thank you to our wonderful fans who made this happen. #HumboldtStrong.”

Just Posted

Langley Xtreme win first provincial gold medal

Team takes U16B BC softball championships

In memory of Tessa Beauchamp

Langley Thunder Senior A lacrosse will wear special Tessa-inspired purple jerseys for WLA finale

VIDEO: GranFondo riders take to the streets of Fort Langley

Annual event draws more than 1,200 participants

Zach Clay takes bronze at gymnastics championships in Langley

The day ‘had its ups and downs’ Clay summarized

SURVIVOR: time and time again

Langleys Lou Lessard describes himself as a ‘normal guy’ whose faced some challenges in his life

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Most Read