From one junior hockey community to another, Bridgewater is sending books of condolences to the city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which is reeling from an April 6 bus crash involving its Broncos hockey club, resulting in more than a dozen deaths.
"We will be setting up condolence books at two locations in Bridgewater this coming week for any member of the public to sign and share a message of sympathy in the wake of Friday night's tragic collision involving the Broncos junior hockey team," the town of Bridgewater posted online April 7 on one of its social media pages.
"At the end of next week, the books will be collected and forwarded to representatives of the community of about 6,000 residents. We will provide more details once arrangements for the condolence books are finalized."
The Humboldt Broncos team bus collided with a transport truck April 6 northeast of Saskatoon while en route to a playoff game.
The Broncos compete in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Bridgewater is also home to a Junior A hockey club, the South Shore Lumberjacks, which play in the Maritime Hockey League (MHL).
"The Lumberjacks organization would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the [Broncos] organization ... Terrible news," the team posted on Twitter.
The MHL also released a statement on its web site offering "its deepest condolences to the family and friends of those affected by this tragic accident."
"As proud members of the CJHL [Canadian Junior Hockey League], our league stands with our hockey family in the SJHL and with the Broncos organization during this exceptionally difficult time."
Bridgewater's chief magistrate and the local MP whose riding includes the town also reacted online to the Humboldt news.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the community and families of the Humboldt Broncos and the hockey community at large," wrote Mayor David Mitchell.
"Sometimes we need to step back and remember what is really important," said South Shore-St. Margaret's MP Bernadette Jordan. "So sad for these families and this community."