Internet Rallies To Support The Families Of Young Hockey Players After A Tragic Bus Crash

The fund has raised $3 million and counting.

The internet has responded with an outpouring of support after the bus of a junior Canadian hockey team was involved in a fatal crash. The vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer Friday evening and left 15 people dead and at least 14 injured. The Humboldt Broncos, who play in a league whose participants are usually 16 to 21 years old, were en route to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game when the accident happened. Quickly afterward, a GoFundMe was created for the families and has since raised more than $3 million. 

The campaign was created by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt resident who says her son played for the Broncos' team for 13- and 14-year-olds this past season. The initial goal was to raise $100,000, but the campaign had to be continually updated as donations kept pouring in. According to the fundraiser, Kellington is in contact with the Broncos' management to ensure that the funds will be dispersed to families directly. 

"This is a dark moment for our city, our community, our province," Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said Saturday afternoon at a news conference, CNN reported. "There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this."

The tragedy that struck Humboldt, a small town in the province of Saskatchewan, has been felt across the entire sport. Several National Hockey League coaches and players have offered their condolences to the community and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sent a message of sympathy to the families. 

"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

As of publication, the cause of the accident was still unclear and the names of those involved had yet to be released. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy," Broncos President Kevin Garinger said in a statement. "Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss."

Visit GoFundMe to make a donation to the campaign. 

Cover image: Martin Cloutier / Shutterstock.com

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