There were tears, expressions of love and a emotional cry of “Go Broncos Go” Sunday night as people gathered to support the Humboldt Broncos.
Members of the public, the Lloydminster and Britannia Fire Department, Lloydminster Bobcats and the Lloydminster Bandits all filled the Centennial Civic Centre for the candlelight vigil to support the victims of the tragic bus accident. Many people joined in a prayer for the team and their families, and a final united chant of “Go Broncos Go” after the moment of silence.
One of the people there that night was Trevor Lloyd, a former player for the Humboldt Broncos. He described the Broncos as the center-point of Humboldt’s community, and how happy he was to see the community come together to support.
“All of our friends and all of our support is around the hockey world, and tonight, to experience that, to feel that, to have friends to talk to, to hug, was really important. Sitting at home trying to deal with tragedy is really hard, so it was nice to come to a place and deal with it with other people.”
Lloyd adds that the hockey community, all in all, is extremely tight knit, and a tragedy like this effects everyone.
Lloydminster Bobcats GM and Coach Travis Clayton echoed this sentiment. Clayton became emotional as he spoke about what he was feeling.
“I was really choked up Friday night, and yesterday. It just really hits home. You just want to hug your kids and your wife and, you know, hold them a little tighter.”