The Swift Current Broncos have released the jersey design for their “Broncos Strong” game on Nov. 2.
The home game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes is set to commemorate the victims of both the Swift Current Broncos bus crash in 1986 and the Humboldt Broncos tragedy in April.
Four people died on Dec. 30, 1986 when the Swift Current Broncos’ bus slid on a patch of black ice on the TransCanada Highway during a road trip to Regina, while 16 members of the Humboldt team lost their lives on April 6, 2018 when their team bus collided with a semi at a highway intersection near Melfort.
The special jerseys unveiled by the WHL Broncos will be worn by the team on Friday then auctioned off, with proceeds going to STARS Air Ambulance.
The design will also serve as the SJHL Broncos’ third jersey for the remainder of the season.
Members of both the 1986 Swift Current Broncos and 2018 Humboldt Broncos are being invited to the game along with their families.
The jersey is designed in Humboldt’s team colours of green and gold, formerly the main colours of the Swift Current Broncos.
It features a map of Saskatchewan as the main shield, with stars representing Humboldt and Swift Current on the map and a capital “B” which the team says is a “unifying symbol that implies ‘Together we are Broncos.'”
The shield is framed by two Broncos on their hind legs on either side, while the phrase “Celer Et Audax” — Latin for “swift and bold” — wraps in a scroll at the top. Another scroll at the bottom features the city names with “Broncos” in the centre, topped by a Canadian maple leaf to represent the country’s support.
Bids for the jerseys can be submitted online.