A charity hockey tournament in honour of those killed and injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash was praised Saturday as a chance for community members to come together.
Spectators filled the stands of St. Albert’s Mark Messier Arena for the second day of the event, which aims to raise $50,000 through sponsors, public donations and a silent auction.
The 84 players had raised about $17,000 toward that goal before play even began.
Twenty per cent of proceeds will go to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation, while the remainder will fund four scholarships for students, student athletes or athletes through the St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee.
The event was organized by friends of four players from the St. Albert area — Conner Lukan, Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter — who were among the 16 people killed in the bus crash April 6.
Another 13 passengers were injured.
“You see how much it affects everybody,” said Calvyn Reith, who knew Wack as well as Hunter’s sister. “It warms your heart when you come to the rink and you see everybody here.”