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Editorial: Humboldt Broncos, our thoughts and prayers are with you

Youth from Labrador West show their support to the Humboldt Broncos.
Youth from Labrador West show their support to the Humboldt Broncos. - Submitted

We all by now are fully aware of the horrific accident in Saskatchewan that has so tragically taken the lives of so many members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. None of us can imagine the full impact that the families and those closest to this incredible loss are trying to cope with.

This tragic event has put Humboldt, Saskatchewan and their Broncos Junior Hockey team at the epicentre of this incredible loss. As the news of this crash has spread across our country, there is little doubt that this is a national tragedy.

We are Canada. Hockey is our game. There is not a city, a town, or a household in our country that cannot relate to this event. We have all been staggered by the loss incurred by this horrific accident. We are a nation of hockey families, players and fans. Our community of Labrador West is a hockey community and has embraced this grief with Humboldt, sharing in the loss with our entire nation.

There is no parent that should ever have to bury a child, especially when they have died in good health just living and learning the lessons of teamwork, the incredible value of community pride, and what it takes to be a part of something that matters so much, to so many.

Every hockey community in our nation, coast to coast to coast, can clearly relate to this loss. Just imagine how many dressing rooms are filled with our youngsters who are trying to digest this event. After looking to their families for an explanation as to why, they sit in front of their coaches hoping to get answers that they so desperately need. Just imagine the coaches trying to come up with an answer that could possibly bring some form of comfort.

We as individuals trying to understand this event have brought to our homes, families, and our communities the harsh reality of what it could possibly be like for us, if this happened to one of our teams from one of our communities. It is overwhelming to imagine such grief. By virtue of the fact that we are Canadian and hockey is our game, these young people lost, belong to us all. This tragedy has visited us all, every family in every community. There is no play book for us to reference to help us work our way through this. We only have each other to embrace to provide any hope of getting through this time of such incredible grief.

The only thing that we can do is stand united with our hockey fraternity and provide by whatever means possible any support that we can give to our hockey families in Humboldt.

By the virtue of the fact that we are Canadians, we have hockey and all it stands for in our DNA, and our strength as a caring and giving people, can we help our folks from Humboldt work their way through this?  Our thoughts and our prayers from Labrador are with you all. There is no game of street hockey, no rink from the pond on the bay, and no rinks of all of our NHL teams across this country that is not standing with you.

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