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The first of 16: Funeral for play-by-play announcer of Humboldt Broncos

The first of 16: Funeral for play-by-play announcer of Humboldt Broncos

Almost a week after the tragic collision, many Canadians all over the country have placed hockey sticks outside their homes to honour the lives lost.

On Monday people across Canada left hockey sticks on the front porches in honour of the team.

"The sticks are just a sign of people showing support", Marcus Scarafoni said.

Students at Thomas Haney secondary have raised more than $1,200 for the Humboldt Broncos, the hockey team involved in a horrific crash in Saskatchewan last week. He's the associate hockey director for the Arvada Hockey Association.

"We will wear our Jerseys to show our support and send our love", reads a Facebook event online. "Since we play the same sport as them, we can relate so it's kind of sad".

"We have received so many requests from so many people and organizations reaching out to us about what they can do, interest in organizing a blood drive at their site or coming as a group to donate", said Mulatu, adding donations were also up about 10 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area.

"When something happens, you can see the integrity within the sport and you can see that it means something to them", Marcus Scarafoni said.

It doesn't matter if you're a sports fan or not, Canada is a hockey country, and there are hockey towns in every nook and cranny on the map.

Humboldt is a strong community, he said, and one that embraced all the boys that were part of the Humboldt Broncos team. "We're trying to do as much as we can being here in Arvada but we still feel like were part of it living in the hockey world".


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