Cowichan Valley pays tribute to Humboldt tragedy

The World’s Largest Hockey Stick at the Island Savings Centre is lit up in gold and green for the Humboldt Broncos.The World’s Largest Hockey Stick at the Island Savings Centre is lit up in gold and green for the Humboldt Broncos.
Darren Wright, a former junior hockey player in Saskatchewan who went on to play professionally before returning to his hometown of Duncan, reads his poem, The Iron Lung Club, at last Thursday’s vigil. Supporting Wright were Bob Beatty, a former coach of both the Humboldt Broncos and Cowichan Valley Capitals, current KHL star Matt Ellison, and former NHLer and head coach of the Capitals and Kerry Park Islanders Dale Purinton.Darren Wright, a former junior hockey player in Saskatchewan who went on to play professionally before returning to his hometown of Duncan, reads his poem, The Iron Lung Club, at last Thursday’s vigil. Supporting Wright were Bob Beatty, a former coach of both the Humboldt Broncos and Cowichan Valley Capitals, current KHL star Matt Ellison, and former NHLer and head coach of the Capitals and Kerry Park Islanders Dale Purinton.
An attendee at Thursday’s vigil with the names of the 16 victims on her shirt.An attendee at Thursday’s vigil with the names of the 16 victims on her shirt.
Bob Beatty, whose coaching resume includes eight years with the Humboldt Broncos and four years with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, speaks during Thursday’s vigil, which was organized largely by Miranda Froese (left) and Donna Lymer.Bob Beatty, whose coaching resume includes eight years with the Humboldt Broncos and four years with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, speaks during Thursday’s vigil, which was organized largely by Miranda Froese (left) and Donna Lymer.
Former and current Kerry Park Islanders players pay tribute to the Broncos.Former and current Kerry Park Islanders players pay tribute to the Broncos.
Cowichan Valley pays tribute to Humboldt tragedy
Cowichan Valley pays tribute to Humboldt tragedy
Dale Purinton speaks at the vigil, joined by hockey colleagues Gord Closson, Darren Wright, Matt Ellison, Bob Beatty, Aaron Plumb, Dave Liffiton, Rob DeClark and Mike Barrie.Dale Purinton speaks at the vigil, joined by hockey colleagues Gord Closson, Darren Wright, Matt Ellison, Bob Beatty, Aaron Plumb, Dave Liffiton, Rob DeClark and Mike Barrie.
Shawnigan Lake School teacher Jack Connolly performs “Hometown Hockey Team,” a song written with a student from Saskatchewan to honour the Humboldt Broncos.Shawnigan Lake School teacher Jack Connolly performs “Hometown Hockey Team,” a song written with a student from Saskatchewan to honour the Humboldt Broncos.
Miranda Froese speaks, with support from Donna Lymer, a Cobble Hill mom whose youngest son once played for Humboldt coach Darcy Haugan, and who billets a Kerry Park Islanders player, Cordell Boyko, who knew some of the players who died in the bus crash.Miranda Froese speaks, with support from Donna Lymer, a Cobble Hill mom whose youngest son once played for Humboldt coach Darcy Haugan, and who billets a Kerry Park Islanders player, Cordell Boyko, who knew some of the players who died in the bus crash.

The Cowichan Valley’s hockey community found many ways to honour the Humboldt Broncos after 16 people associated with the junior team were killed in a bus crash in Saskatchewan on April 6. Among the tributes were a vigil at the Shawnigan Hills Sports Fields last Thursday, attended by hundreds, and by popular demand, the illumination of the World’s Largest Hockey Stick in Broncos colours.