CK Embraces Jersey Day In Memory Of Humboldt Broncos (GALLERY)

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Store owner Tom Newell was quick to apologize to the customers for holding up their double doubles and their doughnuts, but to a person they shrugged off the delay and showed they're 100 per cent behind the show of support for folks in the Saskatchewan town grieving the death toll that's reached 16 people, majority junior hockey players en route to a playoff game.

"It was surreal", he said, wearing one of the team's black and red jerseys.

He said the loss of "Coach Bieber" has hurt him and his teammates, but they will focus on happier memories. The team has talked about it and "we've all got our sticks out to it". Everyone's torn by the whole ordeal. "They were going to the game that they love and it's really sad".

Grade 12 student Mason Oates showed up at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts wearing his Astros' blue and yellow jersey for the school hockey team, a group of friends he views as a second family.

Municipal councillor Phil Meagher said he knew Parker's father and had heard great things about the young player.

There's lots of local support and people are asked to post pictures of themselves in sports jerseys or green and gold with the hashtag #jerseysforHumboldt. We'll live with it forever.

He said the community is very tightly knit and that the team has always been a large part of the community.

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"It's incredible how the community has pulled together and it's so close". "We get entrusted with these players' lives".

Many, like Grade 6 student Logan Kennedy chose to wear something special.

An official with the Broncos issued a statement asking the media not to attend the funeral service.

The Brons family is asking for privacy from the media and will not be responding to interview requests, said the release.

"This is an incredibly emotional and trying time for Broncos families".

The Broncos were on their way Friday to Nipawin to play the Hawks in Game 5 of their best-of-seven league semifinal series with Humboldt trailing Nipawin 3-1 in the series.

As of Monday, an online effort to raise money for the team's players and families was already approaching $6 million.

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