Toronto Maple Leafs offer sympathies to Humboldt Broncos

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on prior to the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB
SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on prior to the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB /

Following a tragic crash involving the Humboldt Broncos in Saskatchewan, members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and other sports teams offered their support to the victims and families.

When news broke about the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the rest of the hockey community rallied together to offer their support.

It started Friday night when various teams, players and broadcasters tweeted out their heartfelt sympathies to the team, families and friends involved.

This is never an easy thing to deal with, especially for the families who always worry about sending their children away. A photo shared from the hospital shows how much these players have grown together as a family and how devastating it must be for them.

When it was announced that there were fatalities involved, the support grew even more, especially from the mother of former Maple Leafs’ forward, Colby Armstrong.

As people constantly mention the impact the hockey community can have, this is where you see it at full force. Obviously, this is not something any family should have to go through but hopefully, the support that has been offered is making a difference

The NHL and Hockey Canda also released separate statements in response to the tragic events that has the entire country in mourning.

"“We are shocked and saddened over the tragic news of the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos Junior A hockey club. We are devastated to learn of the fatalities and the serious injuries. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Broncos organization, the families, the friends, the fans and entire Humboldt community. Our hockey community is a tight-knit family. We will come together in support of each other in the days ahead, as we mourn those lives lost, remember the injured and support those whose lives are forever changed by this tragedy.”Hockey Canada"

Following their morning skate, the Leafs spoke about the news including Saskatchewan natives; Tyler Bozak, Patrick Marleau and head coach Mike Babcock.

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Listening to Babcock speak about the families reminds people how fragile life can be and that in moments like this, the community needs to come together.

As you can see, that is what has happened in Saskatchewan with many offering support and housing to the families who had to make the trip.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help the families that have been impacted by the tragedy, with close to $750,000 already raised in roughly 15 hours.

The Leafs also changed their backdrop to include the Broncos logo beside the Maple Leafs logo, and plan to have a moment of silence for the team.

US President Donald Trump also offered his condolences to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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On behalf of Tip of the Tower, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families and anybody who was impacted by the tragic events. Please consider donating to the GoFundMe account or offer your support in any other way.