City sends feelings to Humboldt Broncos
The Portage Citizen
The tragedy of 15 people dead and 14 injured after the bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask., April 6 was brought closer to home Monday night.
Portage la Prairie Mayor Irvine Ferris led council, staff and guests to the regularly scheduled council meeting in a minute of silence.
“Portage shares a hockey history with the community of Humboldt, Sask., and the Humboldt Broncos. This history was marked by intense competition and mutual respect,” Ferris said. Portage Terriers played Humboldt Broncos back-to-back in 2008/2009 for the Anavet Cup and again in 2012.
“We were shocked and saddened to hear about Friday night’s tragedy in Saskatchewan.”
Mike Bloom a reporter with the local radio station who regularly covers Portage la Prairie city council meetings lost a colleague in the fatal crash.
Tyler Bieber, who worked with Humboldt radio station 107.5 Bolt FM, was a play-by-play announcer for the Broncos.
Local musician Paul Shepherd penned this song to share:
THE GAME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
Our country mourns the loss of life
from Humboldt to the stars
our game will never be the same
our tears are near and far
to Moms and Dads it is so sad
to hear the dreadful news
their sons where on the bus that day
their lives have been removed
they played the game with all they had
a brotherhood of chums
they shot they scored, the crowds would roar
but now the crowds are numb
The game will never be the same
We stand in silent prayer
Please God remember our dear boys
and keep them in your care.
–Paul Shepherd – April 9, 2018