Thoughts for Humboldt Broncos

The crash of the coach carrying the Humboldt Broncos hit home on many levels for ice hockey and this is why Friday nights events in rural Saskatchewan

has seen such a massive outpour of sympathy from the hockey community.

The young players were following a dream anyone who has strapped on the skates and picked up a stick has had. To make the NHL, lift the Stanley Cup, win g

old at the Olympics. Many those players would not have made the NHL but that doesn’t matter they doing what every hockey player has tried and that is what makes the hockey community come together.

It hits home more though every hockey player knows what it is like to travel. Hockey is a game that is built on travel. The hectic schedule that leagues have put teams on the road even when they are at home in many ways. No matter the league or the country teams will be on buses, planes, boats and even trains as they travel between rinks. The dark, cold and often snowy nights sees hockey teams hit the road. It is not the best conditions and it is surprising there are not more incidents. It is what makes the tragedy hit home as it could easily happen to any team.


The Yaroslavl plane crash took heroes of the sport too soon. It was a shock as you think about those players careers and link your own personal experience of those events to them. The Humboldt tragedy is different. Not many will have had experience of the team or known the players but the personal stories emerging are ones everyone relates too.

It is amazing that it doesn’t matter what colours you wore at the weekend every hockey fan has come together to express their sympathy and this is why I love this sport.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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