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April 20, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The Centre Ice Sportsplex at the Nottawasaga Inn & Resort has erected a permanent memorial to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, honouring the 16 people killed and 13 injured in the April 6 bus collision.

Based on an idea founded by the Alliston Senior Hockey Club, and built by Nottawasaga Foundation director, Rocco Lombardi, the four sided display in the arena’s foyer was unveiled on April 13 and is already garnering national attention.

Team spokesperson Doug Walmsley told The Times, “We’re collecting hockey sticks in memory of the Broncos and we’ve also raised more than a thousand dollars for the GoFundMe account.” ($12 Million raised in total, closed April 13). The Senior Men’s hockey team meets at Centre Ice three times a week for a friendly game, but what happened to the Broncos has affected members of the team deeply.

“This league has been going for over forty years, and we have members 70-plus, and even over 80. Most of us have been playing hockey since we were kids, and we’ve all travelled to games on a bus at some point. What happed to the Broncos could have happened to any of us,” said Walmsley.

For more information, to view the monument or for Centre Ice Sportsplex hours visit: BY WENDY GABREK


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