List off whatever kind of stereotypes you want about Canada (we drink maple syrup, live in igloos and ride polar bears to work), but if there’s one that’s true and hits the heart, it’s our nation’s ability to come together as a community in a time of crisis.
This couldn’t have been truer than when it came to honouring the 16 members of Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team that passed after the team’s bus was involved in a collision on April 6th.
From fellow hockey players to politicians to local community members to brands even, there has been a huge outpouring of support from coast-to-coast.
Normally, we’d give the Battle for Time designation of “winning our minutes” for the week. But with something like this, it seems trivial to say such a thing.
So instead, we’d like to highlight a portion of the inspirational, heart-felt and kind messages Canadians everywhere have shared in memory of the victims and in support of their families.
The #PutYourSticksOut movement has seen sticks in all sizes, from all communities and even outside of Canada:
Jumping on a ✈️ to be w/ @paulbrandt and honour those affected. Left my stick out front, not just any stick, my first hockey stick ever, from Shaunavon. Classsic wooden Titan. Hope the boys don’t use it, nothing but muffins coming out of that thing! #humboldtstrong pic.twitter.com/jb3TnTRN0t— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) April 9, 2018
Atlantic Canada’s The Chronical Herald’s very poignant cartoon, illustrated by Bruce MacKinnon.
Drake showing up at an NBA playoffs game wearing a Humboldt Broncos jersey.
Federated Co-operatives Limited launched a player support program for all Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) players. More than $480,000 has been donated so far by 70 local Co-ops and FCL itself.
Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda announcing the Co-operative Retailing System’s $300,00+ gift to establish the SJHL’s Assistance Program to support players, families, billets, and communities following the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. #humboldtstrong pic.twitter.com/Y4XYb8ODMo— Federated Co-op Ltd. (@CoopFCL) April 9, 2018
A message to Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki (who may never walk again due to injuries sustained from the crash) and the rest of his teammates, from sledge hockey Paralympian Kevin Rempel. Rempel has offered to help Straschnitzki with his goal of reinventing his career into a sledge hockey player.
“To hear him, less than a week, already looking forward to that in his life – that’s what I think is so powerful about the Paralympic movement… Just want to let you boys know that whenever you’re ready let me know. I’ve got a whole bunch gear. I’d love to fly it all out there and help you get on the ice and play some sledge hockey in Saskatchewan.”
#JerseysforHumboldt, which was honoured on Thursday, April 12th. Global News shared footage and images from across Canada that day.
As we mentioned before, this is only a very small portion of all the generosity that Canadians (and even those abroad) have shared with the Humboldt Broncos team. Still, we want to express that we, too, are #HumboldtStrong.
While every Monday we’re usually happy to consume our minutes with memes and jokes and surprise viral hits from 2-minute celebrities, sometimes, humanity steps in and we think about the stuff that really matters: Our community, our country, and those in need.