The city of Humboldt and the Humboldt Broncos Memorials Committee have announced plans for a Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre and roadside memorial to honour the victims of the tragic bus crash back in 2018.
The tribute centre will be built in the town of Humboldt, directly adjacent to where the Broncos currently play, the Elgar Petersen Arena, while the roadside memorial will be placed at the site of the crash on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan.
Funding for both projects will come from a national capital fundraising campaign.
"From a family perspective it means a lot for us to have people remember the Broncos," Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon was killed in the crash, told NHL.com. "We always love talking about Jaxon and the Broncos. We're very proud. We're very proud for all the hard work that's gone into this.
"From the other perspective, I think it's an opportunity for all of us to give thanks for all of the love and support we received from the first little while and it's been ongoing since. I think it's an opportunity to do some good and create some smiles in and around the Humboldt area. Of course, the crash site for us, it does always have that gravesite feel so we want to make something beautiful there. It means the world to us."
Jaxon Joseph was one of 16 members of the Broncos organization killed in the crash on April 6, 2018.
"Three years ago, the hockey world was devastated when tragedy struck the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Today, the Broncos Memorial Committee announced a stirring vision for a Tribute Center and roadside memorial that will celebrate the lives of those we lost, those who were injured and the families who have endured so much pain. While doing so, the committee's plan seeks to inspire the Humboldt community and the worldwide hockey family," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, via NHL.com.
"The strength and perseverance of the Humboldt athletes and families that we have witnessed over the past three years have truly touched our League. The NHL is honoured to support the committee in this ambitious effort to turn tragedy into inspiration."