Sound Tigers Players and Coaches Support Humboldt
Although the game of hockey spreads to nearly every continent, it still provides one of the most tightly-knit communites in all of sports. That's what makes it so special, especially in times of tragedy.
On April 6, 2018, a coach bus carrying players, coaches, and staff members of the Humboldt Broncos (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) collided with a semi-trailer truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, taking the lives of 16 people and injuring 13 others. The bus was traveling to a playoff game when the accident occurred.
Upon hearing the news, Sound Tigers captain Ben Holmstrom and the rest of the locker room, including coaches and support staff, decided to donate the "money on the board" for their final three home games to those most closely affected by the tragedy. The Sound Tigers respectfully announced Friday that $5,016 was given to the Humboldt Broncos community, which includes a contribution from the team's front office as well. The exact donation honors the 16 lives lost in the accident.
"It's not much when you look at everything that's happen in (the Humboldt) community, but it's something we can do here in Bridgeport to support the cause," Sound Tigers captain Ben Holmstrom said. "It really hits home here in the AHL when you travel on a bus from city to city and puts things into perspective. We are all pulling for the Broncos and our guys are thinking of them in this time of need."