Support, tributes continue for the victims of Humboldt Broncos tragedy

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It’s been five days since the tragic bus crash that took the lives of 16 players and staff members of the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team from Saskatchewan, and the love and support from the hockey world has not let up.

A GoFundMe set up by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington is nearing the $9 million mark, with the money going to families of the survivors and victims. NHL teams paid tribute to the Broncos over the weekend with moments of silence, helmet stickers, and donations. The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore jerseys for Saturday night’s game with their last names replaced with BRONCOS on the backs.

#PutYourStickOut, an idea that originated with TSN broadcaster Brian Munz, is a symbolic movement that’s gone viral with hockey sticks left on doorsteps. Current and former hockey players and their families have taken part in the tribute.

In the wake of the tragedy, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League board voted unanimously on Wednesday to resume the league’s playoffs, according to Nipawin Hawks president Darren Opp. The Humboldt team was traveling to Nipawin for Game 5 of their series when the crash occurred.

Nipawin will now play the best-of-seven league championship final series against the Estevan Bruins.

“We need to play,” Nipawin head coach Doug Johnson told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.