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Tantramar region shows its support for Humboldt

Local residents of all ages don jerseys, wear green ribbons in honour of bus crash victims

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Local schools, businesses, municipalities and individuals throughout the Tantramar area are joining Canadians across the country this week to show their support for the families and friends of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Residents of all ages -  from students and teachers, to town staff and council, to local nursing home workers and cashiers at local grocery stores – donned their sports jerseys or green ribbons on Thursday as part of ‘Jersey Day,’ an initiative to honour the young players, coaches, trainer and broadcaster who tragically lost their lives in a bus crash along a Saskatchewan highway last Friday.

Many in the community have also left hockey sticks outside their front doors this week as part of the #SticksOutForHumboldt tribute, a way for Canadians to show their hearts are with the Humboldt community.

Matt Pryde, manager of recreation programs and events for the town, said town council held a ‘moment of silence’ during their monthly meeting Monday night for the Broncos. Wanting to do more, however, staff then decided to put out several hockey sticks in front of town hall in a show of support. He encourages others to bring along their sticks as well to join the growing collection. Staff and council also took part in the ‘jersey day’ movement on Thursday.

Pryde said the sticks will stay out under ‘green and yellow’ lights for 16 days in honour of the 16 people who have lost their lives.

“This is our way of showing our support . . . to let them know we’re thinking about them,” he said.

The junior hockey team was en route to a playoff game last Friday, April 6, when ther bus collided with a tractor trailer at an intersection near Tisdale, Sask. Sixteen passengers have died and 13 others were injured.

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