On Friday night, the Vancouver Stealth will end their home season like every year, wearing British Columbia flag themed uniforms. They take the opportunity to auction off the jerseys from their backs and swap them with the winning fans on the floor after the game. This year, the Stealth announced that all proceeds raised from the auction will go to the Humboldt Broncos families through their GoFundMe page.
Each year the Stealth use the opportunity to raise money for Lacrosse on the Move, a BC-based non-profit. This time, they changed the focus from their own community to support another in a time of need. In a press release from the team, President Doug Locker stated,
“There wasn’t hesitation at all with our partners, the BC Lacrosse Association and Mike Vanichuk Transport adjusting our recipient of the BC Jersey proceeds this year to the Broncos,” said Locker. “The community, team and their families are in all of our thoughts and prayers.”
The Stealth face the Rush on Friday night to close out NLL action in the Langley Events Centre and fans can bid on the jerseys online until 3pm Friday night. At 6pm the auction will re-open in the arena for in-person bidding. Winners can collect their jerseys from the players on the floor after.
The next night, Saskatchewan returns home to host the Georgia Swarm and both teams will use the opportunity to also auction off their jerseys for the Humboldt Broncos families. Each team will be wearing the Broncos logo on the front, while the Swarm will have “Humboldt” on the back and the Rush will have “Broncos”.
These tribute jerseys for fans that want to support the Humboldt community via auction on the NLL’s auction site from 4/14 to 4/21 at 6pm ET. If you haven’t had the chance to read Evan’s Random Thoughts this week, I highly encourage you to take the time to let him express himself to you. These are hard times for the entire community and it’s unfathomable to imagine how heavy the hearts are in Saskatchewan. Evan joined his neighbors in grieving at the Rush game the night after the tragedy and took the time to let us in on his experience.