The sports world is showing its support for the 15 Humboldt Broncos players and staff killed in a tragic bus collision by placing hockey sticks outside of their homes.
Social media channels have been flooded with photos of hockey sticks lined up outside of people’s homes, trending under the hashtags #SticksOutForHumboldt and #PutYourSticksOut.
The symbolic gesture picked up steam following an emotional vigil Sunday evening at Elger Petersen Arena in Humboldt, the home of the Broncos.
The response has been overwhelming, with hundreds of people from around the world posting photos of their tributes on social media.
Here in Canada, photos of sticks placed on porches and at an outdoor skating rink have been shared.
— Bruce Bell Hockey (@bbhs2000) April 9, 2018
— Jamie Rivers (@JamieRivers08) April 9, 2018
— McOil Fan Chaddo (@oilfanchaddo) April 9, 2018
— UC Bearcat Hockey (@UCIceHockey) April 9, 2018
We are with you in Yorkton pic.twitter.com/gZ96sfZ22G
— Carla Lammers (@LammersCarla) April 9, 2018
— Ambrose M. Allin (@iAmBrose8) April 9, 2018
— Aisling (@Aisling_HkyMom) April 9, 2018
The gesture was even picked up in the US, with hockey families and players sharing their own touching tributes.
— lgrcolleen (@lgrcolleen) April 9, 2018
— Cristy Meinert (@CMeinert) April 9, 2018
It’s 70 degrees in Florida, but it’s hard to enjoy the warmth knowing how hard it must be in Humboldt. Sticks are out, lights are green, hearts are broken. Stay strong, Bronco Nation. #PutYourStickOut pic.twitter.com/Xeo6b32f1o
— Mac D. Addy (@thoughtivity) April 9, 2018
— Steve Miller (@SPmillerOSU) April 9, 2018
— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) April 9, 2018
From the OC. Rest In Peace Boys pic.twitter.com/xnAIJqi54j
— D Croston (@croston_d) April 9, 2018
One of the guys can use mine. It shoots a little high, but it should work just fine pic.twitter.com/DUMrkYtfbw
— Gunnar Esiason (@G17Esiason) April 9, 2018
The Jakarta Dragons, a hockey team from Jakarta, Indonesia, even shared a tribute on Twitter.
— Jakarta Dragons (@JakartaDragons) April 9, 2018
The crash has touched the hearts of people from around the world and received an incredible outpour of support and sympathy.
Following the crash, a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign was set up by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington to raise funds for those affected by the tragedy.
At the time of publication, the campaign has raised over $5 million in donations by over 72,500 people in just two days, making it Canada’s most generous GoFundMe campaign ever.