(Humboldt bus crash memorial/Photo by Robert Granlund - instagram.com/p/Bv7jg43BJ3C/)

Nearly every Canadian needs no explanation when they see the hashtag #HumboldtStrong or the logo of Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey team.

And everyone knows why these emblems are being shared today.

April 6th, 2019 marks the one year anniversary of the fatal bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 young players and coaches who were on their way to Junior Hockey League playoff games in Saskatchewan, and injured 13 more.

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Canadians across the country have been commemorating the tragic day by hosting memorials, putting out hockey sticks, and observing a moment of silence at 4:50 p.m. – the exact time of the deadly crash.

At the Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt Saskatchewan, around 3,000 people showed up to remember the victims of the crash.

The devastating incident that shook Canada and moved people around the world took place after novice truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu failed to stop at a highway intersection and crashed into the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus.

In January, he pleaded guilty to all 29 charges laid against him; these included 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

After the court heard nearly 100 impact statements from victims and their families, acting Judge Inez Cardinal ruled a sentence of 8 years.

Today in Victoria and across Canada

Sports teams, businesses, and individuals in Victoria and across Canada have come together as a community to remember the victims of the Humboldt bus crash with the hashtag #HumboldtStrong, by placing hockey sticks outside, and sharing the Humboldt Broncos logo on social media.

Check out some of the tributes below:


Posted by Victoria Royals Hockey Club on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Posted by Victoria HarbourCats on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Today is the one year Anniversary of a tragic accident that will forever affect the entire hockey community. We play for them. πŸ’šπŸ’› #HumboldtStrong#WePlayforThem

Posted by Victoria Grizzlies – BCHL on Saturday, April 6, 2019

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Its been a year since you've been gone, Uncle Darcy. I have learned so much about you. I wish it could have been while sharing a meal or watching a hockey game. I found that birthday card you sent me where you mixed up the words in each sentance. I remember you laughed when you told me it was because you accidentally wrote the first sentance weird and decided just to go with it! Glad a memory I of you have that so is special. I think you would be proud, Uncle Darcy. Everyone is moving forward as best they can. I can't speak to anyone elses experience. But what your family is putting out into the world after this tragedy is a message of hope that I know would make your heart swell. Your legacy is stong. You won the race. I can't wait to see you again. πŸ’›πŸ’”πŸ’š #humboldtstrong #humboldtbroncos #coachdarcy #wemissyou #restinpeace #holdingspace #legacy #runtherace #wintheprize

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Today and Forever, we are #humboldtstrong

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