Sorry World: Canada's Closed Today Due To Deaths In The Family: An Update

A 16th person has died from the accident -- physical trainer Dayna Brons, 24. One surviving player is a paraplegic and two are still in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe campaign for the families and the survivors has topped $11 million. My personal thanks go out to all those in Canada and around the world -- especially those of you in the US -- who contributed.

It's become a truism that Canadians are nice, polite and calm ... until someone puts a hockey stick in our hands.

And it's also true that it's something every boy and girl dreams of doing when first lacing up the skates, tottering onto the ice, falling flat on a backside: making it to the big time, maybe the Olympics or even the National Hockey League (until most, like me, they find they're pretty bad at the game).

That's why even I, a confirmed non-hockey follower these days, was stricken to learn that a bus full of Humboldt, Sask., Junior A players, coaches and officials on their way to a "must-win" playoff game Friday was broadsided by a transport truck on a lonely highway. Fifteen -- more than half of those aboard -- are dead, including coaches; others are critically injured.

It's hard not to be moved by such a tragedy, although God knows, it's happened before. And will again. It's a sad truth that the distances involved in junior hockey dictate hours on the road in winter conditions. It can be a crap-shoot.

Tributes and condolences for the Humboldt Broncos, their families, friends and those who billeted them in the town of 5,800 have poured in from across Canada and around the world, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to President Donald Trump, to players, former players, coaches and just ordinary blokes like me.

A large number of those echoed the inevitable mantra "thoughts and prayers", but on a pragmatic level, a GoFundMe campaign had raised $2.5 million for the devastated families by Saturday evening. According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, it is "the most successful Canadian campaign ever on the online fundraising site and among the Top 10 globally".

It may help offset funeral expenses and the like, but it will never replace those lives.

And those shattered dreams.

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Comment by Phyllis on April 8, 2018 at 2:57pm

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 8, 2018 at 3:11pm

This *was* incredibly shocking news, more shocking than a lot of shocking news. 

How excellent the GoFundMe campaign has been so vigorous! but hardly anything that makes the loss better.

My heart so goes out to those families...

Comment by marilyn sands on April 8, 2018 at 3:18pm

Sorry to hear about this.  It's always hard to come to terms with these kinds of deaths.

Comment by Boanerges on April 8, 2018 at 3:41pm

Thanks, Phyllis.

JT, I know this has resonance with you especially. And you're right -- nothing is going to make things better. The video says it all.

It is very difficult, Marilyn. Thanks for commenting.

Comment by Boanerges on April 8, 2018 at 4:02pm

An update: The GoFundMe campaign has now topped $3 million. Go Canada Go.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 8, 2018 at 6:28pm

Great video, great campaign. I especially loved the shot of the players holding hands in the hospital beds. 

Comment by Ron Powell on April 8, 2018 at 11:10pm

Comment by Steel Breeze on April 9, 2018 at 5:44am

sorry to hear about it....always hits me when its kids....

Comment by Boanerges on April 9, 2018 at 7:22am

(The GoFundMe campaign has now passed $4.2 million.)

That was a brilliant picture, Kosh, and basically says it all about what these kids (none of the 10 dead players was over 21) feel about each other. The other five who died were the head coach, assistant head coach, the team statistician, the play-by-play radio announcer who traveled with the team, and the driver.

Thanks Ron. Sums up my feelings pretty well.

Kids are the worst, Steel, the absolute worst.

Comment by Boanerges on April 15, 2018 at 12:56pm

Thought you folks might like an update.


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