The Humboldt Broncos will play their season opener tomorrow night in what figures to be an emotional atmosphere.
It’s the Saskatchewan minor league team’s first regular season game since an April 6 bus crash that killed sixteen people, including 10 players. There will be only two players — Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter—who were on the bus that day on tomorrow’s opening night roster.
The Broncos also have a new coach in former NHLer Nathan Oystrick. He takes over for Darcy Haugan, who was killed in the crash.
The tragedy became a national story as it galvanized the hockey community and the country at large. The hashtag #HumboldtStrong became a social media staple, as did the phenomenon of putting a hockey stick outside one’s door as a show of support.
The GoFundMe for the team reportedly raised more than $10.6 million, making it the largest such campaign in Canadian history.
The game airs at 5:30 pm PST on TSN.
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