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Kamloops student organizing community street hockey game in support of Humboldt Broncos

April 12, 2018 - 11:22 AM

KAMLOOPS - A high school student in Kamloops is doing her part to stand in solidarity with Humboldt, Sask. after the community's hockey team was involved in a deadly crash last week.

Brittany Boyd was speaking with her parents yesterday, April 11, when they decided that one of the best ways to honour the deceased and injured team and staff was to host a community street hockey game.

"We noticed that today was going to be the day that everyone is wearing jerseys," Boyd says. "We thought it'd be cool to have a little street, community hockey game."

Last Friday, April 6, the Humboldt Broncos hockey team's bus collided with a semi-truck on a highway, en route to a playoff hockey game. So far, 16 people have died, most recently team trainer, 25-year-old Dayna Brons succumbed to her injuries from the crash yesterday.

Boyd says after learning of the crash, she realized it could have happened to anyone, including her friends who travel to tournaments on buses.

"What really touched me is I'm a young student right now, and seeing on social media the different relationships it’s affected," Boyd says. 

The Grade 12 Norkam Secondary School student added that in class yesterday, her teacher played a tribute from Paul Brandt in honour of the Broncos team, and asked students what they could do to help.

Boyd says it was difficult to come up with an answer for that, especially being a few provinces away from the tragedy. She says hosting an event like this helps show their support and solidarity with the community.

"It shows that we are strong not only as a community but as a country," she says. "Even though we're so far away we can drop what were doing and show our support and love."

So far, at least 45 people are interested in stopping by the game today, which will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park. Someone will be there to collect donations, and any proceeds will go directly to the Broncos team.

Boyd says Canadian Tire has donated some hockey sticks for the game, but if you're interested in stopping by you can bring your own stick, gloves, and a road hockey net, which they are in need of.

Meanwhile, Kamloops residents are showing their support today by wearing sports jerseys, and some city buildings will be lit green for the rest of the week in solidarity.



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