Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Humboldt Broncos: Canada's jersey tribute to crash victims

Humboldt Broncos: Canada's jersey tribute to crash victims

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (Reuters) - Hundreds of people filled an arena in the Canadian prairie town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on Thursday to pay their respects to one of 16 people killed in a Friday evening crash of a bus carrying junior hockey players to a game.

Relatives of Dayna Brons, 24, said they will remember her "joyful smile". "She was surrounded by those she loved and those who loved her", the statement read. Sixteen passengers have died and 13 others were injured.

She was the athletic therapist for the Broncos.

The family of Dayna Brons says the 25-year-old died this afternoon in Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained in Friday's crash. "And, they would like to thank everyone across Saskatchewan and Canada for their love and prayers during this very hard time", the family said.

But Brons loved her job, said Wickenheiser who has been in contact with Brons' family since the crash.

"I have grown up watching the team and I've got a place to stay there so no problem at all for me to come back home", she said in an interview with a local radio station about her joining the team. So did Canadian women's hockey Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser.

Canadian country singer Shania Twain also voiced their support, and posted their jerseys on social media. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Regina, according to the school. "Praying you pull through", she said. She also took an advanced certificate in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

They say she was very proud to be part of the Broncos team.

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