Drake dons Humboldt Broncos jersey courtside at Raptors' Game 1

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

He says Ryan asked to see name of Jonathan Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks forward who visited the hospital earlier in the day to deliver jerseys the Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore last weekend with Broncos nameplates on them.

The team jerseys may be different but the message is shared by all.

Last week, a youth hockey team suffered a awful tragedy after crashing into a semi that left a total of 15 people deceased, with the last being the Humboldt Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons, who passed away from injuries suffered during the wreckage. Aside from wearing jerseys, the Bridgewood students also made artwork for a commemorative wall in their school's lobby.

"That's when people really started to get more emotional", he said of the 30-minute stop. "While we're heard on one end of the country and they're over there, it's great to know everyone is doing something to help show support".

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"Our hearts across Canada go out to the families after this tragic event and I think in order to show our support for them, wearing the jerseys today was a lovely idea", said Murphy. "It's just part of hockey". Stagg says he too was traveling late at night on a bus, and in a busy routine.

In Pembroke and across the County of Renfrew, people of all ages donned jerseys at school or at work as they proudly shared their support across social media.

The athletic therapist for the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, 24-year-old Dayna Brons, died of her injuries Wednesday afternoon in a Saskatoon hospital.

"Very tight-knit community, especially the youth hockey in the area", says Chris Beno, President, De Pere Area Youth Hockey.

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