In the days after the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, the team’s board said “the power of healing is in the game.”
Saskatoon Sports Tourism is asking people to take that message to heart this weekend by joining friends, neighbours and family to play street hockey.
Ever since the April 6 collision, people have found poignant ways to express both grief and solidarity online.
It started with #PutYourSticks out, a spontaneous trend on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which saw people post photos of hockey sticks placed on their porches in a salute to those killed in the crash.
Many people also added headsets, statistics sheets and other items to recognize the team broadcaster, the volunteer statistician and the bus driver lost in the crash. The campaign came to include items recognizing team trainer Dayna Brons following Wednesday’s news she’d died in hospital.
Thursday saw #JerseyDay take off across Canada and around the world, in which people were encouraged to wear their favourite team’s colours as a way to honour the Broncos.
In a release issued Friday, Saskatoon Sports Tourism declared April 14-16 as Play for Humboldt Weekend.
They encouraged people to post photos of themselves taking part under the hashtag #playforhumboldt.