Walleye honoring Humboldt Broncos with helmet decals, donation

The Toledo Walleye have joined the cavalcade of teams honoring the Humboldt Broncos by wearing helmet decals honoring the players involved in the Saskatchewan bus crash, and the Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe reports that the Walleye have put their money where their mouth is, too:



The Walleye organization held a moment of silence in honor of the crash victims before its April 13 first-round home playoff game against Indy. The team also raised $6,040 through a jersey auction that night, and upped its total donation to the Broncos to $10,000 through the Walleye Wishing Well charity fund.

Toledo coach Dan Watson said the tragedy hit home because the bus often is looked upon in the sport as a safe haven, a place to rest and build camaraderie.

“The best part of being on a team is traveling. We spend a lot of time on the road and on the bus with overnights, so for that to happen is an absolute tragedy,” Watson said. “It’s one of those things you don’t ever want to hear.”

Watson said he has not been surprised at the outpouring of support from the hockey community, including the stickers the Walleye players are wearing.

“We can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through,” Watson said. “So anything we can do to show our support we will try to do. The tragedy obviously hits close to home with the amount of travel and bus time we have. The hockey community is extremely tight.”


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5 thoughts on “Walleye honoring Humboldt Broncos with helmet decals, donation”

  1. Good for the Walleye!! Class organization.

    AS for the Red Wings, embarrassing …part of the organization problem, ALL ABOUT PROFITS…Chris is no Mike!

    1. Come on now, the Red Wings and every other NHL team were honoring the Broncos with moments of silence and the helmet sticker/charitable contributions were league-wide. The Red Wings were not stingy due to ownership.

  2. I was watching the Go Fund Me and I searched for many different ways, NO RED WINGS. The Go Fund is up still but not taking donations since last Wed Midnight.

    Many teams, Leafs a few times and Dion Phaneuf among others.

    The Illitches have changed to pure Business/$$$/Profits.

    Prove wrong? Total embarrassment. Just a Wild guess but Mike I would not have been a tight ass Pr!ck. Sharks, Ducks, Arizona, Habs, SENS (LOL), Isles, Rangers, Tampa, Panthers, Wild, Aves, Nucks, Flames, Oilers etc etc. Some teams even sent players to visit injured players.

    They mostly all road buses on their way up. Sakic was in a Bus accident as a WHL player in Swift Current (some did not make it in that accident).

    His Mother should send him to Humboldt to talk to Families with lost members. Take Buttman with him so they don’t get Fing lost!!

    I bet if I ask the media dolts (in Detroit) there will be silence.

    If you are a Wings Fan and don’t care, watch out for Bus’s.

    Oh yes I am pissed and embarrassed to be a 5 Decade Fan!

    1. If I’ve learned anything about the Red Wings and charity, for better or worse, they don’t do publicity, and that hurts the organization.

      It took an incredibly progressively-minded director of community relations, who is no longer with the team, to make the players agree to make their charitable causes public.

      That person was smart enough to publicize what the players and team did to help charities both near and far, and she’s moved on to a place that is more public regarding its charitable endeavors. The Wings have gone back to their cone of charity silence, and it’s stupid, because I have no doubt that they made a donation to the Broncos outside of the GoFundMe page.

      They don’t tell the media, don’t tell anybody, frankly, and they may as well enjoy the publicity when they do so, and I do know that the Red Wings Foundation is very active. It’s unfortunate.

  3. Upon further review, Shayne Horcoff did make a contribution right around Dions. Good for Horcoff! Not a good policy for the Wings. All in All the only Illitch with Hockey sense is Momma I.

    There is a younger I below Cheapo Chris, I think.

    Hopefully he played some Hockey.

    The Chinese National team donated , Some teams from Sweden, 140,000 + contributions is a lot for little Humboldt.

    They have setup a legal entity in Humboldt for further handling and distribution of money. Donations are still coming in. $800,000 from Tim Horton’s Yellow and Green coated Donuts in one Day, simply amazing.

    There are a lot of Good Hearted people out there. A good thing!

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