Mark Klaas | Auburn Reporter
Separated by more than 1,100 miles, Kent, Washington, USA and Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada are communities closely connected by the love of junior hockey.
So when 16 people – including 10 Humboldt players ranging in age from 16 to 21 years – were killed when the Broncos charter bus collided with a semi-trailer truck on a Saskatchewan highway on April 6, it jolted the junior hockey world, Kent included.
…Staci Garrity, a longtime T-Birds fan and dental office receptionist from Federal Way, came up with the idea to capture encouraging words, prayers and signatures from well-wishers on a banner.
…Organizers for the banner hope to send it to the Humboldt organization once it’s filled with signatures. They hope the Broncos will consider displaying it in their arena in Saskatchewan.