Drake dons Humboldt Broncos jersey courtside at Raptors' Game 1

Drake dons Humboldt Broncos jersey courtside at Raptors' Game 1

Drake dons Humboldt Broncos jersey courtside at Raptors' Game 1

Nearly all of the students and staff at Bridgewood Public School came dressed in a sports jersey or shirt on Thursday April 12, 2018 in Cornwall, Ont.

Thanks to social media the idea has caught on worldwide. Touching the trophy with out having carried out for an NHL championship crew is a extensively identified superstition amongst hockey players.

"Being Canadian and hockey being so entrenched in our culture and it's such a bad tragedy to have so many young lives go in such a awful way — my brothers play sports and I play sports and you can't imagine something like that happening to your family. We are all them". People are sharing photos with the hashtag #PutYourSticksOut.

After TSN broadcaster Brian Munz launched the touching #SticksOutForHumboldt and #PutYourSticksOut tribute by placing his hockey stick on his front porch, fellow Canadians followed suite.

The outpouring of support has seen millions raised for the families of those involved in the tragedy. He knows the camaraderie shared by hockey families.

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He says his kids were touched by the tragedy in Canada.

"Had we known it was an event in all schools, we would have (participated) spontaneously", Dufourd said in a phone interview Friday. "They're closer to the kids on the hockey team than they probably are a lot of kids they go to school with".

Prince Edward County councillors, showing their support for this year's Nature Matters booklet, also donned jerseys in honour of Humboldt. "Here we have Green Bay and De Pere, all the Valley, Waupaca, Manitowoc, Shawano".

Hawks players wore green helmets to honour the Broncos throughout the game and both teams were wearing Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys. The team donated $1,000 from the auction to the families of the young people killed in the bus crash.

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