St. Andrew’s pays respects in wake of Humboldt tragedy
The echoing strains of Amazing Grace rang through the Aurora Community Centre last night as players stood in tribute to the Humboldt Broncos.
Fifteen members of the Saskatchewan junior hockey team – 10 players and five team personnel – have been pronounced dead after their bus collided with a tractor-trailer as they made their way to a playoff game Friday evening.
In Aurora last night, three St Andrew’s pipers played before a game between the Aurora Tigers and the Wellington Dukes. The players and the people in the stands stood for a moment of silence in recognition of this heartbreak that has devastated Saskatchewan, Canada, and beyond.
You can see a video taken at the arena here. As three of the St. Andrew’s pipers play, the names of those who died in the horrific crash are shown on the screen.
There has been an outpouring of messages to the Humboldt community, including those from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as The Queen. Just as there was a moment of silence at our arena, the same was being done in NHL arenas across North America over the weekend.
The Canadian flag that flies outside Memorial Chapel is at half-staff in memory of those who died. This tragedy will be the subject discussed in Chapel tomorrow.