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Donning jerseys to show support for Humboldt

Donning jerseys to show support for Humboldt

This is Jersey Day across the province, a day when thousands will be decked out in green and gold in tribute to Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

"Being Canadian and hockey being so entrenched in our culture and it's such a bad tragedy to have so many young lives go in such a awful way — my brothers play sports and I play sports and you can't imagine something like that happening to your family".

It comes six days after the Humboldt Broncos team bus was involved in a fatal crash that claimed the lives of 16 people. Another 13 people were injured. Meanwhile, Toronto's transit authority said it was allowing employees to wear jerseys over their uniforms. "We are all them". Members of her family are Sudbury Wolves season ticket holders, and her husband has played hockey for many years. The family joined a nationwide effort to honor the players by placing hockey sticks in front of their home.

Meantime, a local hockey superstar offered his support to Humboldt.

Lt. Andy Opperman has two kids who play hockey.

The outpouring of support has seen millions raised for the families of those involved in the tragedy.

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He says his kids were touched by the tragedy in Canada.

"We've gotten messages now from China, Australia, England, all over the United States, Mexico, we're just beyond excited our little message is getting so much coverage", said Pinch. "And they understand. And they're really close".

She went to Humboldt Public School with one of the deceased in the crash, team statistician Brody Hinz, 18. "Here we have Green Bay and De Pere, all the Valley, Waupaca, Manitowoc, Shawano".

A team bus carrying players and coaching staff from the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was hit by a semi-trailer.

Many people also added headsets, statistics sheets and other items to recognize the team broadcaster, the volunteer statistician and the bus driver lost in the crash.


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