A massive photo of the Humboldt Broncos was displayed during a Rod Stewart concert in Calgary Sunday evening, as the music legend dedicated a song to those killed and injured in the tragic crash.
Stewart paid tribute to the team before singing the song People Get Ready, saying the tragedy hit close to home for him as his son also plays junior hockey.
“I’m in Canada and they’re your kids,” Stewart said to the crowd. “And my son, who plays hockey … plays in this area, and has done all those journeys. It just brought it all home to me how quick life can end.”
WATCH: Just how far-reaching the impact of the horrific Humboldt Broncos crash has been was highlighted Sunday night in Calgary at the Rod Stewart concert. Stewart himself spoke about the tragedy and paid tribute to the victims. Nancy Hixt reports.
His son, Liam Stewart, played for the Spokane Chiefs junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Stewart later showed a picture of his son on the screen. “That’s that’s my boy,” he said.
As a hockey kid, Liam Stewart said travelling on the bus to and from games was like a second home.
“You spend 90 per cent of the time on there and you get to know the guys. You’re switching around seats, talking smack with all the guys, playing cards, watching movies — you’re spending 12 hours at a time on there and you get to know the guys,” he said.
“When I was playing I got to know the guys probably the best when we were travelling, and it was just a fun time, it was just you and your teammates.”
The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game Friday in Nipawin, Sask., when the bus carrying the junior hockey team collided with a tractor-trailer, killing 15 people.
The victims include Broncos captain Logan Schatz along with nine other players, coaches Darcy Haugun and Mark Cross, the team’s statistician, radio play-by-play announcer and the driver of the bus.