Clippers Brodziak remembers friend and teammate lost in Humboldt tragedy

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The lineup of customers at the Tim Hortons store on McLeod Road in Niagara Falls started to back up a bit on Thursday when store owner Tom Newell and his entire staff paused to have a photo taken of them sporting jerseys to honour those lost and those who survived the awful bus crash involving the Humboldt Bronco.

Pinch said it's likely the families and community in Humboldt are looking inward right now, dealing with a tragedy that is still very raw.

The tragedy has resonated deeply with Canadians.

There were plenty of Leaf jerseys, of course, including on worn by Suleimaan Omar.

West Shore resident Rod Hurst is one of almost 100,000 people who have donated or plan to donate to the fund, which as of late Tuesday was closing in on the $8 million mark.

Both corporations and individuals heaped support onto the campaign after a collision between a semi truck and Humboldt Bronco's Junior A hockey team bus left the local community reeling. The gesture in tribute to the team has been happening all over the place, and photos on social media have been trending under the hashtag #PutYourStickOut. "She was always just such a pleasure and so happy and smiling the whole time whenever she was at the rink, and you could tell she truly loved what she did". "It hits so close to home".

Singh, who seemed to be utterly disappointed, said he is unaware of what will happen next as the probe in the incident is going on. He points out they had a young man from the community away all winter playing with the Campbellton Tigers.

"In talking to him, he spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games", a spokesperson for the Tigers wrote on Facebook. And she's bracing herself for what could be an emotional day.

The Stick was adorned on Thursday with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team's logo.

"I hope to send the message that even though they are not with us anymore that they will live and everyone is thinking of them".

"I can not imagine the pain her parents and friends are experiencing in having those dreams cut short", he said.

Oates said he doesn't know anyone from the Tobin family, but "still felt it" when he heard the news. They all planned to attend Thursday's memorial.