Hope Secondary got into the spirit of jersey day, in support of the Humboldt Broncos. Submitted photo Hope Secondary got into the spirit of jersey day, in support of the Humboldt Broncos. Submitted photo

Hope decked out on #JerseyDayforHumboldt

Residents show their support for those killed, survivors of tragic bus crash

Hope got into the spirit of jersey day for Humboldt, an initiative started by a group of B.C. hockey moms after a tragic bus accident claimed 16 lives in rural Saskatchewan.

The April 6 crash between a semi-truck and a bus carrying Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team the Humboldt Broncos killed 14, two more have since died in hospital. After the tragedy a group of hockey moms, led by Jennifer Pinch, came up with jersey day as a way to show their support and help youth in their grief over the accident.

Hope residents showed their support by donning jerseys and sharing photos online with the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt and #jerseydayforhumboldt.

The latest show of support comes after more tragic news, announced April 11, that a sixteenth member of the hockey team had died in hospital. Dayna Brons, 25, was a trainer for the Broncos hockey team. The first funeral of the 16 killed was held today, for play-by-play announcer Tyler Bieber, and two funerals are scheduled for Friday.

Fire chief Tom DeSorcy wasn’t in town on the day, but he still managed to don a jersey together with fire chiefs of B.C.

Even members of the local newsroom got into the spirit, wearing some pretty classic jerseys with ties to Hope.

Canadians donning jerseys across the country is the latest in a massive show of support for the victims and survivors of the tragic crash. A Go Fund Me campaign for the families of the victims has become one of the most successful campaigns on the site, raising $9.73 million by 116, 195 donors in less than a week. Doughnuts with the team’s colours — green and yellow — have been sold at Tim Hortons franchises across Saskatchewan.

Are you wearing a jersey today? Send us a photo to news@hopestandard.com and we will add it to this story.

 

Not one staff member was missing a jersey at Hope Pharmasave. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Brad Pelletier wore a jersey in support of the Broncos. As a hockey dad, of Fraser Valley Thunderbirds goalie Dawson Pelletier, he said the tragedy hit very close to home. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Bernie Simpson, left, and daughter Pat Bessie, were out for some shopping while showing their support for the Humboldt Broncos. Bessie, who says her family is all about hockey, took her playoff jersey out of the closet for this special occasion. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Matthew Peters wore a jersey while he sipped his coffee at the Blue Moose Coffeehouse. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Trevor Dougall, who has worked at Save On Foods for 20 years, donned Luongo’s jersey for work. The store was also decked out with jerseys hanging from the ceiling and a memorial of hockey sticks and flowers at the entrance to the store. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Save On Foods was decked out with jerseys hanging from the ceiling and a memorial of hockey sticks and flowers at the entrance to the store. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Hope Secondary School leaders donned jerseys. Facebook photo

Riley Talarico is supporting #jerseysforhumboldt today. Paige Michaud photo

The Hope Medical Centre sent us this photo of their medical team on jersey day. Submitted photo The Hope Medical Centre sent us this photo of their medical team on jersey day. Submitted photo

The crew of Rona and Fraser Valley Building Supplies were #humboldtstrong. Facebook photo

The Fraser Canyon Hospital crew sent us this shot with the message “Humboldt is in our hearts.” Submitted photo

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