April 13, 2018 12:59 pm
Updated: April 13, 2018 6:57 pm

Funeral held for Humboldt Broncos bus crash victim Adam Herold

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.

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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.

“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.

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.”

Montmartre is approximately 90 kilometres east of Regina.

You can watch the full funeral mass here.

With files from Global’s Sarah Offin

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