Ladysmith coordinates hockey stick memorial at FJCC for Humboldt Broncos

Sticks to be donated to local youth sports

Ladysmith residents can place their hockey sticks outside Frank Jameson Community Centre starting today until next Tuesday as a memorial to the victims of the Humbolt Broncos bus crash.

Ladysmith residents like so many across Canada are in mourning following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that left 15 people dead and over a dozen others seriously injured.

Mayor Aaron Stone put forward a motion supported by council on Monday night encouraging community members to consider leaving a hockey stick outside Frank Jameson Community Centre (FJCC) starting today until next Tuesday.

“Just as a sign to give people an outlet to talk to their kids and their families about grief and show them how communities can express themselves and maybe do something good at the same time,” said an emotional Stone.

All of the sticks placed outside FJCC over the coming days will be donated to local youth sports.

RELATED: Humboldt bus crash investigation will take months: experts

RELATED: Dyed hair a factor in Humboldt bus crash victim mix-up

RELATED: Hockey sticks on porches across the country in tribute to Humboldt crash victims

Images are being posted on social media from across the country, including here in Ladysmith, of people leaving hockey sticks outside their front door, some also with a candle “to signify those lost kids and no matter where they are there’s a stick for them,” the mayor added.

On Friday, a charter bus carrying the Saskatchewan junior hockey team collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection northeast of Saskatoon leaving 10 players, two coaches, the team’s announcer, an intern and the bus driver all dead.

A GoFundMe campaign for the survivors and victims’ families has raised more than $6.5-million as of Tuesday morning.

“If you stop and think there probably could have been the next Prime Minster of Canada, there could have been the next Canadian astronaut, there’s no telling what future those young people could have had in front of them,” said Councillor Duck Paterson.

Many in Ladysmith are also planning to wear their sports jerseys on Thursday after B.C. hockey moms came up with the campaign to show solidarity for Humboldt.

Councillor Steve Arnett said his heart goes out to those who have lost their children as well as those who are still recovering in hospital.

“I guess the thing that we can do to honour what’s happened is to remind us all that the volunteers, and all of the businesses, and the general residents that support the local sports teams to provide an avenue for kids to grow up with a good set of values, and a sense of belonging, and other things that build character for future citizens, it reminds us of how important they are to our town,” he said.

In addition to the memorial at FJCC, the town will also fly its flags at half-mast for the next week and send letters of condolences to the team, community and families of Humboldt.

“For a town of 5,600 people, almost half the size of our town…I can only imagine what that team means to Humboldt, Saskatchewan and all those kids, and staff and team members and coaches,” Stone said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Snowmaggedon 2020’ has passed, but 20-30 milimetres of rain expected Friday

Residents should brace for rain and clear drains to prevent localized flooding

What happens in the Cowichan Valley when an earthquake strikes

When an earthquake does happen, will the Cowichan Valley be ready for it?

Exploring life, the afterlife, and near death experiences with Dr. Lynn Echevarria

Echevarria will deliver a talk to the LRCA Seniors Centre Tuesday, January 21 at 1:30 pm

Winter storm warning now in effect for Island’s east coast

Environment Canada issues new weather warning late Wednesday afternoon

Town of Ladysmith snow removal crews prepared to respond to overnight snowfall

10 to 15 centimetres of snow are expected for Ladysmith overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Most Read