The first photograph showed the Humboldt Broncos, a happy group gathered around a trophy in a visitors’ dressing room, and you noticed their hair colour:
All were golden blonde, dyed as a show of team unity for the SJHL playoffs.
The next photograph showed the collision site, taken from a helicopter above the intersection of two Saskatchewan highways.
The team’s bus, on one side and missing its entire front section. The semi-trailer, also pushed sideways, in the midst of its cargo of green packages strewn everywhere. Peat moss. Nearby were the vehicles representing the courageous first responders, police, fire, ambulance.
There was debris from the bus, a cracked DVD of the hilarious hockey movie “Slapshot” and a playing card.
Subsequent photographs showed flowers at a memorial inside Humboldt’s hockey arena, the tributes at sporting events across North America and survivors in their hospital beds. Then came pictures of the 15 who died, posted by their families, friends, billets, the Broncos. All too real.