Hockey is a brotherhood. We reached out to hockey players, coaches, and trainers from around the hockey world to show how we will always be thinking and praying for those affected. We will always be #HumboldtStrong and you will never be forgotten. Here is what Humboldt means to them:
Scott Wilson, Buffalo Sabres
The Humboldt bus tragedy hit the hockey community deeply. We have all travelled on many of those long bus trips and not worried about our safety. To think of what all those family, friends and loved ones will have to go through now and in the coming years, is heartwrenching. No words can adequately express our level of sorrow.
Kyle Criscuolo, Rochester Americans (AHL) and Buffalo Sabres
The Humboldt Tragedy hits home for so many of us hockey players because of the circumstances. Once you hit a certain age as a hockey player, almost every team experiences long bus rides and seemingly endless travel filled with endless stories. Movies, cards, games, chatter… bus rides are a time when every individual is congregated in one place, and one way or another, the individual players mold themselves into a united team.… So for such a devastating accident to happen while traveling on the team bus, it’s heart breaking. My deepest condolences go out to everyone involved.I am, however, once again incredibly proud to be a part of the hockey community as it has responded in full force and without hesitation. It serves as yet another remind that we are all in this together.
Brad Tapper, Former NHLer (Thrashers), Head Coach Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
I cried in my living room after hearing the news of the Humboldt Broncos. It brought back memories of losing a teammate and roommate years ago (Dan Snyder). But the strength and support of the hockey community around the world is always there to help. We help each other, that’s what we do in this great game of hockey. Humboldt, we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. #humboldtstrong
Kevin Boyle, San Diego Gulls (AHL)
It’s really hard to put it into words what happened. All the bus rides I have been on in my life, it could have been anyone else at any point. I played junior hockey up in Canada so I know what that culture is all about. My heart really goes out to everyone involved; parents, families, friends, billet families and the whole organization. Humboldt’s Assistant Coach came to San Diego to learn from our coaching staff. Luckily, he was driving behind the bus but I can not imagine the feeling. It’s so hard to put into words and I hope they know the whole hockey community is with them.
Pete MacArthur, Allen Americans/Adirondack Thunder (ECHL), 5 AHL teams, 4 years in Europe
Hearing about a horrific bus crash involving a junior hockey team from Canada makes you realize how precious life is. Having spent a large part of my life on a bus with my hockey family, it becomes easy to take travel, our wonderful game, and life in general for granted. On behalf of myself, my wife Cristina and our son William, we would like to send our deepest sympathies to all who have been effected by this tragic event. While it has been amazing to witness the unrivaled support the hockey community shows at these times (and always), we cannot fathom the pain these families must be going through.
Ty Loney, Bakersfield Condors (AHL), Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
Such a terrible tragedy has hit home for the hockey world. My thoughts and prayers are with the Broncos’ players and everyone affected by this incident. As a player whose whole family has been a part of hockey since I can remember, my heart hurts for the families going through their mourning.Being on the bus with your teammates is a time that players enjoy. Watching movies, playing cards, or just talking to one another will now be taken for granted. Teammates become friends and some of these friends feel like brothers by the time the year is coming to an end.It is great to see how the hockey world is coming together and showing their support during this time. May God bless the Humboldt Broncos players, staff, and their families.
Greg Wolfe, Sparta (Europe), 4 seasons in AHL/ECHL
It was an absolutely devastating tragedy in the hockey world. It had an enormous impact on the entire community. It makes me appreciate every moment I have spent on the ice and traveling with my teammates. The way the hockey community banded together is why it is the best sport filled with the best people. I will keep the families involved and affected in my prayers and in my heart as they go through the healing process. Humbly speaking.
Jean-Guy Trudel, Former NHLer (Coyotes/Wild), 6 years in Europe, Head Coach Peoria Rivermen (SPHL)
To be honest with you, my heart goes out to all the families affected by this tragedy. I played a few games with Chris Joseph, dad of one of the players who lost his life and it really touched home. Not just because I played with him but mostly because I have a son who is about to start his Junior career this year and I will never take those bus rides for granted. As parent I can’t imagine the pain those families are going throughDevan McConnell, Head of Hockey Performance at UMass Lowell
The Humboldt Broncos tragedy hit everyone in the hockey community hard. I was absolutely gutted, and continue to struggle with the unspeakable horror and aftermath of the event.All I could think of when I learned about the event, was that I used to be those kids. I played 4 years of junior, from western Canada to the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. I played 4 years of college hockey. I’ve got some miles under my belt.I coach these kids. I work in college hockey now. I continue to ride those busses and I’m one of the people their parents expect to keep their children safe.But the hardest thought to deal with? I’m the parent to a couple of children who will probably become those kids. That perspective on this tragedy, and the thought of it happening to my own children is almost incomprehensible.I can’t imagine what those kids, their friends and families, and their communities are dealing with. All I know is my heart is completely with them. The hockey world is a small world, and we are all with them. We are all Broncos.
Craig Wyszomirski, Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), Syracuse Crunch (AHL)It’s a small world, the hockey world is even smaller. I haven’t gone a day without thinking of those victims and I know that everyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates feels the same in some sort of way. The part that gets me the most is that these kids symbolize the root of why people play hockey, to have fun. Those kids weren’t making money or worried about endorsements etc. They were just on the bus with the team to go play some puck, have some fun, compete, and make some memories. In their own way they helped bring to light the root of hockey that we sometimes lose sight of.
Nick Miglio, Colorado Eagles/Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL)
Having spent countless hours on a bus throughout my time playing, this really hit close to home. There’s nothing better than being on a bus playing cards, watching movies, and telling hockey stories with 20 of your best buddies. It’s a tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Humboldt Community and everyone involved.
When I first heard the news, I was in shock. The Humboldt tragedy is about as gutwrenching as it gets and what really hits me is that these kids don’t get to go chase their dreams. When I saw the SlapShot DVD broken in half at the crash site, it broke my heart and made me realize that us hockey players take those bus rides for granted. We throw our bags on, go sit down, play cards, laugh, listen to music and enjoy the time with our teammates without a thought that our safety might be in jeopardy. I can’t even imagine what the families are going through and on behalf of everyone at Major4, I want to send our deepest condolences and prayers to those affected and involved in one of the worst tragedies the hockey world has come across. We are here for you Humboldt and we will always be