More significantly, he said, anyone involved with hockey knows the culture of the bus trip, the way it bonds teammates and can help a team gel as players endure hours in the winter darkness, stretched across cramped seats chatting, making friends. Her family previously said she had undergone two surgeries and was in a medically induced coma.
They said she was very proud to be part of the Humboldt Broncos team.
Her family said she will be remembered for her smile and her love of sports.
Karen Cichon, owner of Silver Stitch Embroidery in Windsor, displays the pins the business is selling to raise money for the victims of the Humboldt bus crash.
"I'll personally deliver it when I go out there". "Well, not get over it, but deal with it", says Batten.
Broncos president Kevin Garinger wanted the playoffs to continue, saying playing hockey is part of the healing process. After, he would volunteer with the high school kids - teaching them basketball, football, he taught the girls flag football - he had a real passion for that.
The movement has begun to spread, as the story has been covered in North America and world wide, and the Facebook Page organizing this day has garnered worldwide interest.
The symbolic gesture has picked up steam and now people from around the world are sharing photos of their jerseys on social media under the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt.
As well, across the country, in a heartwarming act of honouring the victims, people have been leaving their hockey sticks outside of their front door and sharing pictures online using #PutYourSticksOut #SticksOutForHumboldt and others.
"It was surreal", he said, wearing one of the team's black and red jerseys.
Board spokeswoman Marnie Denton says staff and students can decide for themselves.
"I know how close I am with my classmates so knowing that it could happen to anyone, it hits home, especially when I've taken countless bus rides with my team and I've arrived home safely", said Christine Thomas, who just finished her practicum this past year.
The heartfelt campaign is among several spontaneous gestures that have exploded into national movements in recent days.
McNaughton was in a hockey arena in Merritt when he learned of the Saskatchewan tragedy. "It doesn't relieve any of the grief or the pain that's been caused by this", he said.
"I am devastated to hear of the death of Dayna Brons. Guys used to throw shots at him because the year before he played house league, but he never let it get to him". "That was meaningful to me in the face of helplessness", says Fleming, whose private practice is based in Mississauga and Brampton, Ont.
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