The Stanley Cup visited the Humboldt Broncos’ accident and memorial site in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on highway interstate 35 and 335 on Friday morning.
#StanleyCup visits Humboldt Broncos memorial site. While their Stanley Cup dreams went unfulfilled, we thought we’d bring Stanley to them. God Bless 🎚 RIP Saskatchewan highway intersection #35 & #335) @NHL @HockeyHallFame @HumboldtBroncos #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/ST3eUfXCIg
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 24, 2018
While the Broncos were on their way to a hockey game on Friday, April 6, their bus and a truck crashed and killed 16 young Canadian hockey players and injured 13 more.
On Friday, Washington Capitals’ forward Chandler Stephenson will bring the Stanley Cup to an NHL event with more NHL players from Saskatchewan for an NHL event in an emotional day of healing for the Humboldt community to celebrate his day with the Cup.
— SPS Traffic Unit (@SPSTraffic) August 24, 2018
Broncos’ player Nicholas Shumlanski put a tattoo on his arm to remember his teammates that died during the fatal accident. Below the tattoo is a scar from the bus crash.
Brothers forever. You will be with us always. Glad I have this tattoo to share with these boys. Under my tattoo you can notice a scar, one that remained with me from the crash. I wanted it to be apart of my tattoo, apart of my story. pic.twitter.com/EZxUYuhQhl
— Nicholas Shumlanski (@nickshumlanski) August 22, 2018
Originally from nearby Saskatoon, Stephenson has ties to the Broncos through the small-town Saskatchewan hockey network, but more specifically with his friendship with two survivors of the crash: Brayden Camrud and Kaleb Dahlgren. Plans were in place to bring the Stanley Cup to Humboldt even before Camrud was in the stands to witness the Washington Capitals clinch their first Stanley Cup in June at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Broncos start-up training camp today and stepped on the ice for the first time since that tragedy on April 6.
By Harrison Brown