Dozens of bursaries and scholarships have been created in the names of 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash one year ago. In addition, they have had their names attached to arenas, dressing rooms and even a snowmobile warmup shack.
Here are some of the ways they are being recognized:
Tyler Bieber, 29, the team’s play-by-play announcer from Humboldt, has a scholarship in his name at the local high school.
The Western Broadcasting College in Saskatoon has created the Tyler Bieber Memorial Scholarship for students who show the same sheer determination and raw talent he displayed.
The Football Reporters of Canada have created the Tyler Bieber & Brody Hinz Memorial Award for Humboldt Collegiate’s best prepared athlete.
Hinz, 18, was the team’s statistician.
Logan Boulet, 21, a defenceman from Lethbridge, Alta., spurred a national movement for organ donation that has come to be known as the Logan Boulet Effect.
Boulet’s death also led to the Logan Boulet Fund with KidSport of the Lethbridge/Taber branch; the Friends of Logan Boulet Golf Tournament on June 22, with proceeds going to: KidSport, the Saskatchewan and Southern Alberta Kidney Foundation for organ transplant research, the Humboldt Special Olympics adult floor hockey team and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Midget AAA Dressing Room Project.
There will be a Lethbridge Midget U15 AAA Memorial Hockey Tournament. The Midget AA Hockey Hounds annual scholarship has been renamed the Logan Boulet Scholarship. Lethbridge Minor Hockey has also created a hockey wall of honour, which includes Logan Boulet, at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Green Shirt Day, a nationwide initiative creating awareness for organ donation registration, will be held every April 7.
The Angels Legacy Project Humanitarian of the Year Award in Saskatchewan has been renamed the Logan Boulet Humanitarian of the Year.
The family is creating a charitable foundation named the Logan Boulet Foundation, which should be running by the summer.
Most recently, the City of Lethbridge voted to rename Adams Park Ice Centre as the Logan Boulet Arena.
Dayna Brons, 24, was the team’s athletic therapist from Lake Lenore, Sask.
The Dayna Brons Memorial Dressing Room at the John Doherty Memorial Arena in Lake Lenore, Sask., gives girls who play hockey their own space. It’s decorated with motivational words that describe Brons: strength, determination, passion and respect.
The Canadian Athletic Therapy Association has created the Dayna Brons Memorial Fund to provide new therapists with professional development opportunities.
Bursaries have been created at the University of Regina and Mount Royal University in Calgary and by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Lake Lenore School. At Mount Royal, Brons’s former classmates designed a patch in her memory to raise money for the scholarship.
Adam Herold, 16, a defenceman from Montmartre, Sask., has had the Adam Herold Memorial Foundation created in his honour.
The foundation’s leadership development program provides opportunities to Saskatchewan youth to develop and refine their hockey and leadership skills. It will provide top trainers for skill development, physical and mental training, coaching development and ongoing support for hockey programs in rural communities.
The program will focus on teaching players about being leaders in their communities and the importance of helping others and giving back.
The foundation held three camps during the 2018-19 hockey season for 160 girls and boys in the communities of Balcarres, Gravelbourg and Montmartre.
There’s also a AAA Midget scholarship for the best defensive D-man and a Regina Pat Canadians team scholarship.
The family is building the Adam Herold memorial player and coaches room for the Pat Canadians and an Adam Herold memorial fitness centre at the Montmartre school.
A warmup shack has been built in the area where Adam used to snowmobile and there are discussions about a memorial hole at the local golf course.
Jacob Leicht, 19, a forward from Humboldt, continues to make an impact in his hometown and throughout Saskatchewan.
The Northern Lights Movement for Kids, created by his family, is meant to foster peace in the province by building relationships and challenging others to make positive change in their communities. It will use the hashtag #KidStrong.
The Leichts are offering four scholarships for $1,100 each in his name for the Humboldt Collegiate Institute, the Humboldt Broncos Midget AA hockey program, St. Mary High School in Prince Albert, Sask., and the Prince Albert Mintos AAA hockey program.
They’ve made an $11,000 donation in his memory to Saskatchewan’s Telemiracle, an annual telethon that raises money for medical equipment and expenses.
A “buddy bench” and oak tree in his memory have been added to the playground at St. Dominic School in Humboldt, where he attended elementary school.
Logan Schatz, 21, from Allan, Sask., was the captain of the Broncos.
The skating rink in his hometown has been renamed the Logan Schatz Memorial Arena.
High school scholarships in his memory have been set up in Allan and in Martensville, Sask. Both will be given to students who show respect, leadership and achieve high marks while competing in a high-level sport.
An authentic mini hockey rink at the arena in Allan has been built and named Schatzy’s Corner.
There have also been several events in his honour: the LS10 Golf Tournament, the Logan Schatz Invitational Championship and the Logan Schatz Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament.
Evan Thomas, 18, a forward from Saskatoon, has had the Evan Thomas Memorial Trust created in his name. It will hold events such as Evan Thomas Memorial Hockey Day on April 13, the Evan Thomas Memorial AAA Bantam Baseball tournament in Saskatoon June 7-9 and the Evan Thomas Memorial Pee Wee AA hockey tournament Sept. 27-29.
Proceeds will feed several awards, including the Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship at the Saskatoon Community Foundation, the Evan Thomas Memorial Sportsperson of the Year Award at the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association, the Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship at Vanier College in Moose Jaw and the Evan Thomas Award with the Moose Jaw AAA Midget Generals.
All of the awards come with scholarships for students and athletes attending post-secondary education.
The St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee has created scholarships in the names of four Broncos who played minor hockey in the city just north of Edmonton.
Jaxon Joseph, 20; Logan Hunter, 18; and Conner Lukan, 21; were forwards. Stephen Wack, 21, played defence.
The committee created Joseph’s “For the Love of the Game,” Logan Hunter’s “Youth Leadership,” Conner Lukan’s “Tighten Your Skates” and Stephen Wack’s “Confidence to Follow Your Heart” scholarships.
Each was established in consultation with the families to preserve memories of the player and to benefit youth in the community.
The committee has also paid for a bronze stick sculpture outside the Jarome Iginla Arena, a stick memorial sculpture in the Atkinsdale Arena lobby and four memorial benches on the community’s pathways.
In Slave Lake, Alta., Lukan’s hometown, the Conner Lukan Fitness Park has been created for everyone to use.
The Logan Hunter Foundation has also been established to send young players to off-season training through Evolve Pro Hockey in Edmonton. A golf tournament is to be held July 17.
Other scholarships and memorials include:
— The Mark Cross Memorial Sports Fund at York University in Toronto in honour of the Broncos assistant coach from Strasbourg, Sask. The fund is to provide financial support to local organizations, groups or individuals who exhibit the core values and qualities he embodied: love, integrity, hard work, service and love of sport.
— Pasquia golf course in Carrot River, Sask., held the Glen Doerksen Memorial Golf Tournament last July in memory of the Broncos bus driver who lived there.
— The Darcy Haugan Memorial North American Coach of the Year. The annual award is named in honour of the Broncos head coach. The town of Peace River, Alta., is also looking for ways to memorialize its former resident.
— The Parker Tobin Memorial Fund, a scholarship for goalies, in honour of the netminder from Stony Plain, Alta.
— The jersey numbers of all the players who were on the bus have been retired by the Humboldt Broncos. Several teams across the country have also retired the numbers of the players who once played for them.
— Compiled by Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
The Canadian Press