‘The power of healing is in the game.’
That is a phrase the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is sharing from their conference call on Wednesday to continue the season and have Nipawin Hawks and Estevan Bruins face off in the league final beginning on Saturday.
The phrase came from the board member from Humboldt, who opened their conference call by giving the Broncos’ opinion on what the league should do.
Let these young athletes continue their dreams of winning a league championship and maybe a national championship if they advance that far.
Both the Hawks and the Bruins have been back on the ice in the days since their peers’ bus tragedy. It’s been a slow process to get back to normal.
Head Coach of the Hawks, Doug Johnson says it’s taken a few days to feel like a normal day at the rink, but it’s getting there.
Saturday’s game one will be an emotional one. Maybe eerie for some. The Bruins will have to travel through that same intersection where the Broncos bus crash happened. They’ll stop to honour the Broncos.
Then the puck will drop. Goals will be scored. Crowds will cheer and eventually a champion crowned.
As the game will help some heal.