The Georgia Swarm will be honoring the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Saturday evening when they play the Saskatchewan Rush in National Lacrosse League action at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon. In support of the deadliest tragedy involving a sports team in Canadian history, the Swarm will be wearing Broncos on the name plate on the back of their jersey and have the Broncos logo on the front of their jersey.
In addition to the Swarm honoring the Broncos, the Saskatchewan Rush will as well. The Rush will be wearing Humboldt on the names plate on the back of the jersey and the Broncos logo on the front.
On April 6, 29 people associated with the Humboldt Broncos were traveling to Nipawin, Saskatchewan for game five of the third round of the 2018 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs. En route, the team bus collided with a semi-trailer truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, killing 16 people. Among the dead were 10 Broncos players, two coaches, the team broadcaster, the team trainer and team statistician.
The tragedy has since received international headlines. A gofundme account has already passed $10.6 million. On Thursday evening during game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, the proceeds for the 50/50 draw are going to assist the Broncos organization and for game two, the Bruins are having an online raffle to help those in Humboldt. The winner of the raffle will get to see the Maple Leafs and Bruins in a private box.