Blackhawks and Jets Honor Victims of Tragic Bus Crash in Final Game


Blackhawks and Jets pic
Blackhawks and Jets

A former interim director of the obstetrics department at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming, Judith Abraham was tasked with modernizing the department’s practices in regard to staffing, policies, and procedures. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Judith Abraham worked at numerous hospitals in Illinois throughout her 20-year career. In her free time, she enjoys following her favorite National Hockey League team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Though the Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, their final game of the 2017-2018 season was a reminder that there’s much more to life than success in team sports. Chicago played the Winnipeg Jets on April 7, and the game had a somber feel to it, as prior to the puck drop, players on both teams gathered at center ice for a moment of silence to honor the 16 people who died as a result of a tragic bus crash outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

The bus had been transporting the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to a playoff game when it was struck by a transport truck. Players aged 16 to 21 as well as the team’s physical therapist, head coach, assistant coach, and play-by-play announcer died in the crash, while an additional 13 players and staff were injured. The driver of the bus was also killed.

In addition to coming together at center ice, players on the Jets and Blackhawks wore jerseys with the word “Broncos” in place of their regular nameplate.