The hockey world as a whole was devastated one week ago as news broke of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus that sent a nation, and the world, into complete shock.
Since that tragic night just over a week ago, the hockey community has been finding ways to cope with the tragic loss that has resulted in 16 casualties to date. There have been many initiatives set up in place to help the families of the fallen victims, including a GoFundMe page (link here) that has reached over $10 million dollars earned so far.
Many Junior hockey teams around the country have come together to show their support of the Broncos over the past few days and the West Kelowna Warriors held their candlelight vigil on Thursday evening at Royal LePage Place.
The night was very well attended with many entering in jerseys as part of the Jerseys For Humboldt initiative on April 12th to wear any kind of jersey to show support for the City of Humboldt. Warriors Director of Business Operations Alex Draper emceed the evening with speeches from Warriors Head Coach and General Manager Rylan Ferster, Warriors Chaplain Pastor Don Richmond, MLA Dan Albas as well as the Mayor of West Kelowna, Doug Findlater.
The event hit close to home for many involved with the Warriors organization including Warriors bench boss Rylan Ferster, who is a native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and still has many connections to the area. Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Trevor Miller sat down with West Kelowna’s head coach to talk about how the tragedy has affected the hockey world as well as the recovery from such a horrific accident. Listen to that interview below: