The Roughriders plan to bring the championship trophy to Humboldt, Saskatchewan – if they win the Grey Cup this season.
Team president Craig Reynolds told the Regina Chamber of Commerce the team is doing whatever it can to help the community at the centre of a tragedy that saw 16 people associated with the junior hockey club killed in a fatal bus accident last week.
“If we’re fortunate enough to win the Grey Cup in 2018, which is our goal, our guys will spend some time with that Cup and then we’re going to take that Cup to Humboldt,” Reynolds said. “That will be the first place we take that Cup.”
Reynolds spent time in Humboldt while growing up in Foam Lake, a community of just over 1,100 about an hour’s drive from Humboldt.
“I’m struggling with this in a lot of ways and part of it is being from a small town, being from a small town that’s close, one of my closest friends is from Humboldt,” Reynolds said. “You know the small town feel how everybody knows everybody and they’re grieving together, it’s impacted everybody in that community.”
The team is reportedly donating items that will be used to raise funds for the families who have been affected by the tragedy and he expects players will show their support throught the season. Receiver Duron Carter has already said every touchdown this season “will be donated to the Humboldt Broncos families.”
Reynolds said the Riders will do whatever they can to help.
“Our club is thinking about them,” Reynolds said. “However they want us to be involved, we’ll be there.”
– with files from the Regina Leader-Post and CJME.