Humboldt Broncos to reunite @ 2018 NHL Awards show

The Humboldt Broncos will be reuniting in Las Vegas this week, as 10 of the surviving members of the team will be honored at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

Nine of the 10 players flew from Calgary to Vegas on Monday, while the 10th person, Ryan Straschnitzki, travelled from Philadelphia, where he’s undergoing physiotherapy.

On April 6th, 16 people were killed and 13 more were injured when a semi-trailer hit the Broncos bus in Saskatchewan. Since then, the hockey community has rallied to help support the wounded players and the families who lost loved ones on the bus. The GoFundMe campaign aimed to raise money for the families affected by the crash raised an incredible $15 million.

“It’s just going to be great to see everyone,” said Xavier LaBelle, per the Canadian Press. “It’ll be pretty emotional, but we’ll be there for each other.”

The NHL Awards will also feature special commemorations for the first responders and survivors of the Vegas shooting that occurred in October and the hockey team of the Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.

Canucks up for hardware @ NHL Awards 2018

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (NEWS 1130) – There could finally be something to celebrate about for Vancouver Canucks fans.
The NHL awards will be handed out this evening, and winger Brock Boeser is up for Rookie of the Year.

James Cybulski from our sister station Sportsnet 650 says Boeser was one of the few bright spots in what turned out to be a bad season for the team.

“I think it’s a reminder to what a great he had based on flirting with 30 goals and missing, essentially, a quarter of the season and really giving Vancouver Canucks fans a reason to see hope in the future for this team as they go through this painful rebuild.”

Unfortunately for Boeser fans, Coquitlam native Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders is expected to win.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin are co-nominees for the King Clancy Memorial Award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.

“This is essentially a tip of the cap for being amazing ambassadors for the hockey universe for the better part of the last 20 years. These guys have been Teflon when it comes to any sort of controversy and I think the NHL is going to be reflective of that tonight.”

There is a special aspect to tonight’s awards show. The league says first responders and survivors from last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash and members of the Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team in Parkland, Florida will also be present.

The awards are the first time members of the Humboldt Broncos have reunited since the April crash that left 16 people dead and several others injured.