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    When Daddy's family came to Canada
    they settled in Saskatchewan, became
    farming folk north of Yorkton.
    He was a strong, athletic young man,
    tall among his peers, muscles
    toned atop the thresher in the heat
    of harvest time.

    Winter provided an opportunity
    to pursue other interests:
    school, carpentry, friendships.
    The local ice rink was the place
    to meet friends, impress the girls,
    play a game of pick-up hockey.

    Always hockey.
    The Brandon Wheat Kings were watching
    and daddy was ready when a call came
    from down south.
    He played a season with the team
    until a stray puck
    to an unprotected head
    ended his potential career.

    His teammates stood behind him
    through his road to recovery,
    encouraging every small step,
    and supporting him through setbacks
    along the way.
    Long after his skating days were over,
    teammates stood with him
    on his wedding day,
    celebrated every meaningful moment,
    faced every challenge,
    and eventually carried him on their shoulders
    to his final resting place.

    Those boys are not teammates,
    they're brothers, both on the rink
    and off. Family.
    Ties bind them as solidly and smoothly
    as the ice upon which they skate.
    What happens to one
    happens to them all
    and they will remain brothers
    throughout it all.

    This is written in response to the tragedy that has befallen the Humbolt Broncos SJHL team. My family stems from hockey roots, as do so many Canadian families. We ache for the Broncos families.

    A gofundme page has been set up to help with the costs of 15 funerals, survivors' long term care costs, and to aid families in recovering.

  • #2
    I love this but it is prompted by a very sad occasion


    • pipersfancy
      pipersfancy commented
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      Thank you - yes - a sad, sad event. Since posting, another young person, one of the team trainers, has also died bringing the count to 16 lives lost.