Letter: Kingston Canadians peewee team honour Humboldt Broncos

The Kingston Canadians Peewee Roster Team wore green jerseys for their last tournament of the year as a symbol of solidarity with not only Humboldt, but the entire Canadian hockey community. Submitted photo.


The following is a letter submitted from a reader and local hockey mom.


April 5 to 7, 2019 was the last tournament to end of the year for the Kingston Canadians Peewee Roster Team. This particular weekend was not only the last of the hockey room talks, the last of mini sticks in the hotel hallways, the last of the cheers from the crowd – it symbolized something much more than that.

Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019 was the 1st anniversary of the devastating Humboldt crash that claimed the lives of so many of the Humboldt Broncos on the way to play a game that they all loved.  To show our respect to the ‘Forever 29’ and their families, we thought we would honour them in true Kingston style. After all, aren’t we all one big hockey family?

Our coach, Kris Kehoe, contacted me, we had a short discussion and right away we knew we had to do something. So, with one phone call, we later outfitted our boys in Humboldt green-coloured jerseys for our Saturday night game, and dedicated our big win to that entire hockey community.

Our boys were excited to wear these Jerseys and I have to say I had goose bumps when they stepped on the ice, and I am sure many of our other parents were feeling the same sense of pride.

We finished as silver finalist in that tournament and finished our season with a 18-8-3 record.

Always #humboldtstrong,

Kelly McDonell

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