EDMONTON, AB - Plans were announced Monday to honour the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos hockey team with the Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre and Roadside Memorial.
The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Committee, comprised of members of the 2017-18 Broncos families, Humboldt Broncos board members, and Humboldt Public Art committee members, in partnership with the City of Humboldt, unveiled their vision for the tribute and memorial to preserve the legacy of the team that was involved in the tragic bus crash on April 6, 2018.
The announcement included a video with messages of support from athletes and media personalities, including Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean.
"What happened that day in 2018 impacted everyone in the world but no one more than the 29 families and the community of Humboldt," said Oilers Entertainment Group President of Business Operations and COO Tom Anselmi, who is a member of the campaign committee. "This project will ensure a lasting legacy and be a fitting tribute to help in their healing."
North of Humboldt, a permanent roadside memorial will be constructed at the site of the crash, providing a place to reflect on the 16 team members who lost their lives and the 13 whose lives were forever changed, as well as the heroic efforts of those who answered the call to help in the days that followed.
Located adjacent to the Elgar Peterson Arena, the proposed tribute centre will be a forward-looking project with a dedicated exhibit gallery that aims to inspire the visitors who make the trip to Humboldt to watch a Broncos game or visit the arena to feel the emotion and unique sense of community. The centre will also include a new rink and fitness facility for the community.
The Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre Capital Campaign will engage philanthropic, corporate, government and construction partners who are inspired to contribute and bring the project from concept to reality.
A local and national campaign leadership team is being developed, including Anselmi. Information on how members of the public can participate can be found at BroncosTributeCampaign.com.
Photo credit: Devan C. Tasa, Humboldt Journal