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A number of dignitaries and local hockey teams gathered together Monday evening to pay their respects to those involved in the Humboldt bus crash.

My Church Winnipeg was the host of a vigil Monday evening to honour the 16 Humboldt Broncos who died and the 13 recovering in the hospital. A number of groups and organizations showed up, all who felt the impact of the tragedy deeply.

"It's different organizations who have been impacted by the tragedy in Humboldt," said Operations Pastor Todd Poirier. 

humboldt vigil 2A member of the WFPS signs a banner for the Humboldt Broncos.Local hockey mom, Karen Jacques, contacted My Church Winnipeg and Hockey Manitoba to ask if they could help put together a vigil for the people in Humboldt so that Winnipeg could join together with them.

"It was like everybody's boy was on that bus," Jacques explained. "Whoever put their kid on a bus, on a plane . . . it felt like it was my son that was on that bus, and I could feel the pain of those parents."

A number of local hockey teams, all sporting their jersey's and sticks, attended the vigil. Also joining them were Mayor Brian Bowman, Minister of Sports, Culture, and Heritage Cathy Cox, Hockey Manitoba Executive Director Peter Wood and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane. Lorne Korol, the chaplain of the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, also spoke.

Poirier said it was an immediate yes when they were asked to host.

"Being a church, while we are not insulated from grief, we also know that there is comfort available," Poirier said. "For us to open our doors and say there is peace available, we jumped at the chance."

Along with speakers, they also showed a memorial video, plus left a banner out for people to sign and send their thoughts and prayers. Poirier hopes they can offer hope and peace during a difficult time, along with showing their support for this tragedy that spread across the world.

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