On April 6, Saskatchewan’s Junior Hockey League team the Humboldt Broncos were involved in a deadly crash with a semi-truck on the way to a semi-finals game. The crash claimed the lives of 16 people, including players, coaches, an athletic therapist and the bus driver, leaving the remaining 13 players with serious injuries. While appearing at a speaking event in Calgary this past weekend, Ellen DeGeneres paid homage to the victims of the tragic crash and those who survived the horrific ordeal.
Following the crash earlier this month, many celebrities reached out on social media to offer their condolences to the families and friends of the victims. One of the first celebs to tweet about the crash was DeGeneres, who on April 7 tweeted that her “heart breaks for the entire Humboldt Broncos community.”
My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community. I am sending so much love to everyone affected.💔
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 7, 2018
The horrific event has touched the entire world, with celebs like DeGeneres bringing increased attention to the tragedy. This attention has helped a GoFundMe account set up for the victims’ families and survivors reach over $15 million, with the exact details of how the money will be allocated still pending.
On Saturday, DeGeneres appeared at “A Night With Ellen DeGeneres,” a speaking event that included a moderated Q&A at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. DeGeneres entered the stage holding a hockey stick, a piece of equipment that has recently become synonymous with the Humboldt Broncos. Kissing the stick before placing it next to a row full of hockey sticks, DeGeneres told the crowd of 15,000 “My heart breaks for everyone, it hurt all of us. Let’s try to shine some light and love and dedicate this night to them.”
DeGeneres’ touching tribute on Saturday night has already deepened the intense love from her Canadian fans, with both those in attendance on Saturday night and fans following the news from home posting their gratitude on social media, including the Humboldt Broncos.
— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) April 23, 2018
— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) April 22, 2018
You are real class act Ellen thanks so much for showing your support for the Humboldt Broncos ❤🏒🇨🇦
— Natalie (@natters003) April 23, 2018
Awesome & Inspiring evening with Ellen DeGeneres ❤ pic.twitter.com/RgJhaB33o2
— Natasha Phillipson (@proudmomoffour4) April 22, 2018
— Terri Sewell (@TerriSewell1) April 22, 2018