Sport Injured Humboldt players get visit from Stanley Cup

02:15  15 april  2018
02:15  15 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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Get help. Speaking to reporters in Humboldt on Monday about the visit , Kennedy choked up. “To me, that stuff is important.” Tributes are expected to continue through the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin Wednesday.

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning on Wednesday, Sportsnet gets you prepared with a series preview of each of the eight first-round matchups.The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin on Wednesday with two Vancouver Canucks players to visit Humboldt to show support and solidarity.

A Humboldt Broncos team jersey is seen among notes and flowers at a memorial for the team leading into the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 7.© Matt Smith/Reuters A Humboldt Broncos team jersey is seen among notes and flowers at a memorial for the team leading into the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 7. SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — Injured Humboldt Broncos players got a visit from the Stanley Cup.

Tom Straschnitzki — whose 19-year-old son, Ryan, was badly injured in the junior hockey team's bus crash — was in a waiting area at Royal University Hospital on Friday night when a large box was wheeled in.

Recognizing the box from Stanley Cup presentations, he immediately suspected what was inside, and his suspicions were confirmed when someone wearing white gloves lifted the trophy from the case.

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Dozens of NHL players have posted photos of their hockey sticks sitting outside their front door as a tribute to the Speaking to reporters in Humboldt on Monday about the visit , Kennedy choked up. Tributes are expected to continue through the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin Wednesday.

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Tom Straschnitzki said Ryan's bed was the first stop, and he says his son's eyes grew wide as it was carried in. Ryan asked to see name of Jonathan Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks forward who visited the hospital earlier in the day to deliver jerseys the Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore last weekend with Broncos nameplates on them.

Tom Straschnitzki says Ryan was asked if he wanted to touch the cup, but he wanted to wait until he wins it someday.

"They know the tradition," Tom Straschnitzki said, noting the other injured players didn't want to touch the trophy, either.

The Straschnitzki are from Airdrie, Alberta. The family said 19-year-old Ryan couldn't feel his legs after the crash.

Sixteen people have died as a result of a crash last week when the Broncos' bus collided with a semi-truck just south of Nipawin. Another 13 people were injured.

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