Local Businesses Come Together for Humboldt Memorial Tribute
Two months have passed since the tragic bus crash of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, and the community support has remained steady and strong. All of Saskatchewan, and the hockey community around the world, was shaken by the loss of 16 lives, and the multiple injuries to the young SJHL team. People from across the globe extended support in form of finances, gifts, words, and emotional support. The hearts of Saskatchewan were broken, but together with the rest of the world, they are slowly being mended back together.
In honor of this ongoing healing process, Gord Hangs, Welding Supervisor from Norseman Structures in Saskatoon, SK, elicited the help of other local businesses to provide the Broncos with a memorial monument. Hangs spent his lunch breaks and after-hours time using scrap steel from the Norseman Structures manufacturing facility to construct a cross in remembrance of the lost lives from the Humboldt Broncos. Once completing the steel structure, Perfection Paint & Body offered their support by painting the cross in Broncos green. It was then passed along to Sharp Auto Trim where memorial decals were applied.
Hangs planned to have the cross erected at the site of the accident, but Kevin Garinger, President of the Humboldt Broncos, had a different vision. “Kevin decided to give the cross a new home at the entrance of the Elgar Petersen Arena, next to the Broncos ticket booth,” said Hangs. The memorial cross now stands at the arena for family, friends, players, and fans to honor their lost brothers and sister. This summer, Hangs along with the Broncos staff plan to remove the cross from its base and have it permanently mounted to the arena wall. Hangs adds, “We’re all grieving. This is just one way I can express my condolences and support for a community we all love.”