Less than a week after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, a broadcaster in his first year as play-by-play announcer for the team is the first victim was laid to rest today.
An accident claimed the lives of 16 people with 11 remaining in hospital; some in critical condition.
He said the phones were "ringing off the hook" and attributed the response to the story of 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., who was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.
Brons died Wednesday afternoon in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained in Friday's crash.
There were 29 people on the bus - 16 have died and 13 were injured.
The Grade 12 Norkam Secondary School student added that in class yesterday, her teacher played a tribute from Paul Brandt in honour of the Broncos team, and asked students what they could do to help.
Representatives from different sports associations and clubs will be in attendance to share a few words about their sport and athletic experiences "to show the love and support of New Westminster's community to all that have been affected by this tragic event", notes a press release. Shumlanski said it was a miracle he walked away from the crash.
The push via social media is a way for the country to show support for Humboldt after the bus the Broncos team was traveling in collided with a semi-trailer on a highway in Saskatchewan Friday.
"I was in Disneyland in California and I felt so guilty that I couldn't do anything from there", Middleton said.
Fortier feels helping the Broncos, in a way, is helping his team cope with the loss. "Dayna will be forever remembered for her joyful smile, and her passion and love of sport". "Praying you pull through", she said. "Although she was a quiet and soft-spoken presence, she was able to light up a room", said Racquel Marshall, one of Brons' former classmates.
In the wake of the tragedy, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League board voted unanimously on Wednesday to resume the league's playoffs, according to Nipawin Hawks president Darren Opp.