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Funeral held for Humboldt Broncos bus crash victim Adam Herold

Adam Herold’s casket leaves church to sound of Tom Cochrane’s Big League
WATCH ABOVE: Humboldt Broncos’ Adam Herold’s casket leaves Sacred Heart church in Montmartre, SK as Tom Cochrane’s “Big League” plays in the background.

People gathered in a small Saskatchewan community Friday to mourn the loss of Adam Herold, 16, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

The funeral was held at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Montmartre.

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The family was at the church early Friday morning, setting up mementos to remember Herold. The teen had a love for hockey, as well as snowmobiling, hunting and all things outdoors. He was the youngest victim of the crash.

Herold was an altar server at the church, which has seats for 600. Overflow seating had been arranged at a nearby nursing home and school to accommodate another 670 people.

“Adam Herold was the kind of kid that always did the right thing even when people weren’t watching … but people were watching. Maybe that explains why there was a captain’s “C” year after year on that jersey,” former coach Michael Blaisdell said.

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“Adam was the kind of boy you wanted your son to be like and your daughter to bring home, and I say that honestly,” Regina Pat Canadians head coach Darrin McKechnie said.

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Numerous hockey sticks could be seen throughout the village as part of the #PutYourSticksOut movement in honour of the Broncos victims.

A view inside Sacred Heart R.C. Church before Adam Herold’s funeral in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018.
A view inside Sacred Heart R.C. Church before Adam Herold’s funeral in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
Hockey sticks leaning against the Eiffel Tower replica in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018.
Hockey sticks leaning against the Eiffel Tower replica in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
A view inside Sacred Heart R.C. Church before Adam Herold’s funeral in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018.
A view inside Sacred Heart R.C. Church before Adam Herold’s funeral in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
Adam Herold’s casket arrives at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018.
Adam Herold’s casket arrives at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
School officials said between 600 and 800 people watched the livestream of Adam Herold’s funeral in a nearby gym.
School officials said between 600 and 800 people watched the livestream of Adam Herold’s funeral in a nearby gym. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
Hockey sticks left out at Montmartre School in honour of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
Hockey sticks left out at Montmartre School in honour of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
Hockey sticks and nets left out in the village of Montmartre, Sask., in honour of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
Hockey sticks and nets left out in the village of Montmartre, Sask., in honour of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
A hockey stick is seen leaning up against Montmartre Arena on April 13, 2018.
A hockey stick is seen leaning up against Montmartre Arena on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
A sign outside Montmartre School pays tribute to the Humboldt Broncos.
A sign outside Montmartre School pays tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. Ken MacGillivray / Global News
Hockey sticks leaning against the Eiffel Tower replica in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018.
Hockey sticks leaning against the Eiffel Tower replica in Montmartre, Sask., on April 13, 2018. Ken MacGillivray / Global News

The horrific collision between the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team’s bus and a semi-trailer on April 6 took the lives of 16 people. Thirteen others were injured.

Herold played defence for the Pat Canadians, a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League team, during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The Montmartre native was a late addition to the Broncos, a team in the midst of playoffs when tragedy struck.

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“He helped me numerous times with the laundry and helped me clean the dressing room up. There’s no words to describe what type of kid this was,” Pat Canadians equipment manager Michael Souliere said.

“Not just as a hockey player–as a person, as a kid that cared, as a kid that would do anything for you.”

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Montmartre is approximately 90 kilometres east of Regina.

You can watch the full funeral mass here.

-With files from Global’s Sarah Offin