CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the other nine Jr. A leagues that comprise the CJHL, announced Saturday details of a special banner that will be presented and unveiled at upcoming regular season home games for each if its 133 member clubs for the 2018-19 season, in tribute of the Humboldt Broncos.
The banner, designed by Mr. Tyler Hutchinson of Moose Jaw, Sask., is in honour and remembrance of all those involved in the tragic events of April 6, 2018.
These ceremonies will be held at prior to upcoming home contests for each of the CJHL’s 133-member clubs.
It will also be included as part of the pre-game tribute for the Broncos prior to the SJHL’s initial regular season contest vs. the Nipawin Hawks at Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt.
This match-up will be broadcast live across Canada on TSN as well as on CTV Saskatchewan, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET.
“On behalf of the CJHL, we are indebted to Tyler Hutchinson, for his generous gift, which will help maintain the memory of so many, embedded in our hearts, each time we visit our venues,” offered CJHL President Brent Ladds.
In designing his tribute, Hutchinson gave his thoughts on what moved him to create the artwork.
“Like everybody across the world, I was shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos,” stated Hutchinson.
“It hit very close to home, as I currently have cousins playing in both the SJHL and WHL,” he added. “It got me thinking and I decided to try and come up with something that the entire CJHL could use, not only to commemorate the tragic events, but also help with the healing process. Hopefully the design does this."
Of note, the banner will also be reflected through the use of decals, which will be worn on the helmets of all players within the CJHL this season.