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Community joins together in honoring Humboldt hockey


Many hockey communities all across Canada were affected by the vehicle accident that killed 15 people from the Saskatchewan Junior A hockey team Humboldt Broncos Friday night when the team bus collided into a tractor trailer.
The Pas and area was no exception to this, with a vigil being held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre (GLMC) Sunday night where a large number of people from both sides of the river turned out to remember those who were lost.
It was a solemn time for many attending the vigil as local dignitaries came together to talk about and remember those who have died.
“Many, many people have survived. We have to find the silver lining in this because it is so hurtful. My daughter lives in Estevan, Saskatchewan and that’s where the Estevan Bruins are from and they’re waiting to see who’s going to visit them for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Finals. I talked to her this morning, she doesn’t care when that hockey takes place and we need to carry on and we need to be strong. We do this because we love hockey and we love our players,” spoke Jim Scott, Mayor of the Town of The Pas at the vigil.
Various NHL hockey teams and other sports teams also held pre-game tributes all over Canada, something that Amanda Lathlin, MLA for The Pas spoke about along with the people themselves who were affected.
“Who would have thought watching an NHL hockey game last night that one would be in tears. The mother who welcomed three hockey players into their home as a billet with a message saying, goodbye my sons, it truly jumped on my heart. As your MLA for The Pas, and on behalf of Manitoba, I send our love, prayers and support to the province of Saskatchewan and community of Humboldt, from our community to yours, we love you and give you strength,” said Lathlin.
Local bands gave as well as the Mahinkanak drumming group sung songs in tribute of the Humboldt Broncos, followed by the vigil itself with everyone in the GLMC holding candles in silence.
Lori Lathlin, Councillor with OCN Chief and Council as well as a hockey mom herself, after the vigil spoke about how it affected her as a hockey mom.
“It’s really a heartbreak because as a hockey mom I know what it’s like. I have two sons, my oldest is 22, my youngest is 14 and they both started when they were small at four, five years old and right then you know what it’s like to get up early in the morning for practice, make sure they make all the practices and get them to all the hockey tournaments so they can develop their skill, get better and better. They’re excited; they look forward to the next tournament as young kids, so I really feel for the parents. It must be tough for them, to think of all those memories of their children,” Lori said.
Canadians at large all over Canada were affected by the bus crash in Saskatchewan that killed 15, and The Pas and area was no exception.

Trevor Wright