The population of Humboldt, Saskatchewan of just 6,000, swelled as mourners gathered for an evening of prayer and hymns in memory of the young Humboldt Broncos ice hockey players and team support staff killed when their bus collided with a semi-trailer on Friday.
It was an overflow crowd at the vigil, with family of the Broncos players joined by Canada's ice hockey community and dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mourners, many in green-and-yellow Broncos jerseys, spilled out of the Elgar Petersen Arena into viewing areas at the curling rink and high school.
This community of 6,000 people has the support of millions and has raised more than their goal.
More than $4.4M raised for Humboldt Broncos after deadly bus crash https://t.co/dLTeuByFnS— CTV Windsor (@CTVWindsor) April 9, 2018
Leafs coach Mike Babcock, a Saskatchewan native and former Detroit Red Wings coach, choked back tears as he spoke of the tragedy Saturday morning.
Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B— R J patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018
RCMP lay flowers at scene of Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crash. pic.twitter.com/CgYnYSzqct— Olivia Stefanovich (@CBCOlivia) April 8, 2018