CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Sidney Crosby wanted to honor the victims and survivors of a bus crash that killed 15 players and staff members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain had equipment manager Dana Heinze make a No. 18 Penguins jersey with Broncos on the nameplate. Each member of the Penguins autographed the number on the back of the jersey, which then was sent to the team in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
"Just a terrible tragedy," Crosby said after practice Monday. "It's hard to imagine what those kids and the families, and the entire community, are going through. We're certainly thinking about them."
Crosby also personalized photos for the survivors. Crosby, his teammates and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation combined for a $20,000 donation to a GoFundMe account created to aid the victims' families and the survivors.
The tragedy occurred Friday, when a truck collided with the Broncos' bus while it was on its way to play the Nipawin Hawks in the fifth game of a best-of-7 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff series. The SJHL, which is a Junior A league under Hockey Canada and part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, is open to North American-born players ages 16-20.
The crash left 15 people dead and 14 injured.
"Everything that went through my mind was all those bus rides that we took," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said. "Life can be short. All of our thoughts with the families that lost their relatives. So it's just hard."