Penguins’ Crosby sends personalized messages to Humboldt survivors

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) announced a new assistance program aimed at providing physical and mental support for players affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.

The hockey community continues to mourn those lost in Friday’s tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is doing his part to reach out to the survivors.

As Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson reported Tuesday, Crosby asked Penguins head equipment manger Dana Heinze to make a customized No. 18 Penguins jersey that reads “Broncos” on the back. Every Penguins player autographed the jersey and the team said Crosby also signed personalized photos for the survivors with the message: “Stay strong. We’re thinking of you.”

“It’s a terrible tragedy,” Crosby told reporters Monday following his team’s practice. “It’s hard to imagine what those kids and the families and entire community is going through. We’re certainly thinking about them.”

The crash, which occurred in northeastern Saskatchewan, has claimed the lives of 15 people. Many survivors remain in hospital with four still listed as being in critical condition.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a GoFundMe account set up to help support the families of the victims had raised more than $7.5 million.

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