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Humboldt Broncos remembered at league championship opener

16 April 2018

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.

Nevertheless, he describes the event as regrettable and says the school would have acted differently had it been aware of Jersey Day.

Last week, a youth hockey team suffered a bad 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.

Graydon Ribchester, centre, a Grade 9 student at Belle River District High School, wears her authentic Humboldt Broncos hockey jersey at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore on April 12, 2014.

"Being part of a hockey team is exactly like being part of a family", said an emotional Moison. "We're all so happy you are playing".

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Game 1 was scratched about three hours before the scheduled first pitch, with Game 2 called in the early afternoon. Rain-outs on March 29 and March 31 against the Pittsburgh Pirates have already been made up.

Tom Straschnitzki - whose 19-year-old son, Ryan, was badly injured in the junior hockey team's bus crash - was in a waiting area at Royal University Hospital on Friday night when a large box was wheeled in.

"Last week we were on a road trip on a bus to Lake Placid with the Riverside Rangers and we got off the bus on Monday, all healthy", Nicole said.

The Green Bay Police Department traded in their uniforms for hockey jerseys Thursday to show support for the families impacted by a bus crash that killed youth hockey players in Canada.

"There's no closure yet but it's been a really emotional time for everybody, some more than others, some because they've had personal connections, others just because they don't know how to handle", Lewgood said after Saturday's game. "We're all together", she said.

Humboldt Broncos remembered at league championship opener