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Ladner prayer vigil to honour Humboldt Broncos

09 April 2018

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter tweeted a pledge to the Broncos on Saturday, saying "Every touchdown I get this season will be donated to the Humboldt Broncos families!"

"As the calls were coming in, and they were talking about all the kids they have coached over the years that were playing on that team ..."

"He keeps asking about his team and coaches", Mr Straschnitzki told the BBC from his home in Airdrie, Alberta.

Fans were supposed to watch the Humboldt Broncos play hockey, but instead, they gathered for a vigil for the Saskatchewan team's dead and injured. Another 14 were injured.

There were more than 63,000 individual donations from 60 countries. They paid a visit to the 13 survivors who remained in hospital on Sunday. The retired couple, like many in this community, once billeted members of the Broncos.

"When you play hockey, it's about family". "We had a player who was just 15 years old". [They're] 17, 18, 19, 20 years old. But he needed parents.

On Twitter, Leigh-ann Young wrote alongside a picture of Tyler Smith, "We are so blessed to still have you, because without you life would not be the same", she said.

She added: "They're children of our heart from the moment they walk in our door".

"It's something we can all relate to", Green said. "At the center of this, we have 15 souls who'll never go home again". People wearing Broncos jerseys wiped tears from their eyes as he spoke. His successor, Darcy Haugan, was among those who died in the crash.

"It's a very tragic day and it's a very tragic loss".

That's why the 18-year-old hockey player chose to attend a candlelight vigil outside Saskatoon's city hall on Sunday, two days after 15 people aboard the Humboldt Broncos' bus were killed in a horrific highway crash. However, Brooks said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe are expected to be among those attending.

He played junior hockey in the league in the 1990s before becoming a coach.

Saskatchewan has a history of producing a disproportionate number of National Hockey League players relative to its population of 1.1 million.

"He always had a smile on his face", said Porter, who described Hunter as a "smart kid and a great hockey player" with a "great sense of humour".

Lukan was one of seven Albertans on the team. And a group of local farmers have set aside 160 acres for the team and turn over the proceeds of the grain it yields to the Broncos.

Canada has seen an outpouring of grief following Friday's collision.

As of early Sunday morning, a crowdfunding effort on the website GoFundMe had raised more than $3 million for the players and families affected by the crash.

Not all of the victims were players. "These are young boys, some of them still in high school". Garinger said the Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of about 6,000 people 110 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Nipawin Apostolic Church lead pastor Jordan Gadsby told the BBC he opened his church to families shortly after learning of the crash.

"Originally this was just a thing that we had some people killed".

Ladner prayer vigil to honour Humboldt Broncos