By Alison Squires
Approximately 200 people gathered at the Wadena Recreation Centre Monday night to honour the Humboldt Broncos and its extended hockey family.
Members of the Broncos alumni lit the 29 candles placed at the front before a short program with messages provided by Wadena’s Mayor Greg Linnen, Councillor Conrad Eliason, hockey parent Keri Helberg, and emceed by Sara Sobchyshyn, on behalf of the Wadena Minor Sports Association who hosted the event. Two impromptu messages were also given by Larry Haugan, whose nephew Darcy Haugan, Bronco’s head coach, died in last Friday’s horrific accident, and Broncos representative Lambert Stumbourg.
The event concluded with balloons in green and yellow Broncos colours being released by players of Wadena Minor Sports.
Details of the condition of the 14 survivors are still forthcoming and will be in the days ahead.
The investigation into the accident that occurred north of Tisdale, Sask. last Friday is still ongoing, where the Humboldt Broncos team bus collided with a semi killing 15 of the 29 passengers aboard.
The incident has prompted worldwide attention and support, both compassionate and monetary, including a Go Fund Me fundraising effort that has reached almost $7.5 for the victims, survivors and families of those affected as of Tuesday morning.