The Osoyoos Coyotes are spearheading a local effort to honour fallen members of the Humboldt Broncos following a tragic accident last Friday that has left 16 members of that hockey community dead.
The Coyotes have offered jerseys for folks in Osoyoos to wear Thursday morning as part of a national show of support for the Broncos, whose team bus was involved in a collision with a transport truck.
Sixteen people died as a result of the collision, including 15 people declared dead in the aftermath. Another — Dayna Brons, the lone woman aboard the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus — died today.
“I’m getting the jerseys out to people as fast as I can, but I’m pretty much running out,” said Randy Bedard, the Coyotes owner.
The tragedy has hit him especially hard. He knew Darcy Haugan, the Broncos’ head coach, from his radio days in northwest Alberta and also has a connection through one of his former Coyotes.
“Levi Lambert, one of our players, one of his best buddies was one of the players killed,” said Randy. “His dad texted me and said they played hockey together and they were going to work together this summer.”
As the owner of a junior hockey team, he’s also thinking about his Coyotes being on the road.
“The fact is that it could happen to any team at any time with the amount of travel that’s going on, often times in poor conditions and in the dark with teams everywhere,” he said.
“I’ve been on a few roads trip where we’ve hit animals, gone through a herd of caribou up north and had close calls and broken-down buses,” he added. “You don’t really think about it, but obviously this does make you think about it a little bit more.”
Although there may be few jerseys left to pass around, anyone interested in showing support for the Broncos Thursday can contact Kevin Primeau at 250-408-9093 or Randy Bedard at 250-485-2412.