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.”