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: