“The Stanley Cup is spending a little time with the victims and their families,” an NHL spokesperson told Global News through email.
A tweet was issued from the account of Broncos defenceman Ryan Straschnitzki of himself alongside the Stanley Cup, noting that in keeping with an NHL superstition, he did not touch the trophy.
Many NHL Conference champions have avoided touching the Stanley Cup because they feel it is a bad omen before they played Stanley Cup finals.
On Friday, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Winnipeg Jets executive chairman Mark Chipman delivered jerseys with the Broncos nameplate to Humboldt team representatives, a Jets spokesperson said.
Straschnitzki received Toews’ jersey, who he said was his favourite player.
The jerseys were worn last Saturday when the Blackhawks and Jets played in Winnipeg.
As of Friday, 10 people were still in hospital as a result of the collision between the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-truck that left 16 people dead. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down.
Three other players who were on the bus have been released from hospital: Nick Shumlanski, Matthieu Gomercic and Brayden Camrud.