The Humboldt Broncos tragedy shook the hockey world to its core. It was an unthinkable tragedy that resulted in 14 fatalities and dozens of other injuries. Following the tragic news, teams across the NHL began showing their support for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team and that will continue throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
On Tuesday, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ opening series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze took to social media to share a touching gesture.
According to Heinze, the NHL sent a package to every team that contained multiple Humboldt Broncos decals that the league has given them permission to wear if they choose to do so. Heinze says the Penguins will wear them on their home and away helmets throughout the postseason, and you can imagine many other teams will follow suit.
Here’s a look at the decals they will be wearing:
We received a package from the NHL this morning ( as did everyone else) with these HUMBOLDT BRONCOS helmet decals to put on our helmets if we wanted. It wasn’t a hard decision we are going to put the decals on our home and road helmets to show our support. pic.twitter.com/3eQkmaufeV
— Dana Heinze (@RealDanaHeinze) April 11, 2018
The Broncos’ playoff roster was carrying multiple players in the age range of 18-21. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all of the victims.