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#PutYourSticksOut: Online tribute to Humboldt crash victims

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NHL side Vancouver Canucks have left their sticks outside the dressing room in tribute to the Humboldt Broncos team
Ice hockey fans in Canada and around the world are leaving their sticks out in public view in tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. Ten members and five support staff of the junior ice hockey team were killed when their bus crashed in Saskatchewan on Friday on the way to a semi-final play-off game.The tragedy sparked an outpouring of grief in Humboldt and across Canada, where ice hockey is a national sport.The online call for fans' to #PutYourSticksOut has been tweeted by more than 19,000 people since Monday night. The term #humboldtstrong has also been used more than 5,000 times.You may also like:
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The response echoes that of November 2014, when cricket fans and stars posted photos of cricket bats outside their front doors with the accompanying hashtag #putyourbatsout as a mark of respect for Australian cricketer Philip Hughes who was fatally stuck in the neck during a domestic match.Using the #PutYourSticksOut hashtag, hockey fans and stars have shared their pictures of sticks to show support for the Broncos players, their families and friends.
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It's the only stick this Texas girl owns and the boys will have to be desperate to need it, but it's theirs just in case. Sticks out, y'all. #putyoursticksout pic.twitter.com/U2oQhuVa1h— Cindy Evans (@cinnytoast) April 9, 2018
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Meanwhile on Instagram, fans have posted more than 17,000 photos.
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Enviamos nuestras condolencias al equipo #humboldtbroncos y todas las familias y personas afectadas x este accidente.. We send our condolences to the #humboldtbroncos team and all the families and people affected by this accident. #prayerforhumboldthockeyteam #prayerforhumboldt #prayerforbroncos #prayerforhumboldtbroncos #hockeystandswithyou #suport #accident #suportthevictims #club7 @sjhlbroncosz @club_7_san_isidro #putyoursticksout A post shared by outsiders hockey team (@outsidershockeyteam) on Apr 10, 2018 at 2:06am PDT
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Brian Munz, an ice hockey TV commentator, shared a text message from a friend who lives in Humboldt, on his Twitter feed, encouraging his 10,000 followers to remember the Broncos players.
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Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt.
Inviting you to do the same as we remember and send our thoughts to the #HumboldtBroncos.#PrayersForHumboldt #Broncostrong #Humboldtstrong #theSJHL #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/HHwZyUZ5KG— Brian Munz (@BrianMunzTSN) April 9, 2018
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His tweet helped to generate momentum for the hashtag, encouraging fans in Canada and the US to share pictures of their sticks left outside.
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#PutYourSticksOut#4humboldt2nite#HumboldtBroncos pic.twitter.com/yGJVpgKaYz— Matthew Wiedenhoeft (@mattwiedenhoeft) April 8, 2018
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Rest in peace and prayers to those grieving. With you in spirit!#putyoursticksout #hockeyfamily #humboldtstrong @dehoffc77 pic.twitter.com/xnR4CEqSf1— Eric DeHoff (@dehoffe76) April 9, 2018
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Current and former ice hockey stars such as the Boston Bruins player David Backes and former goaltender Coleman Vollrath have left their own personal tributes.
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Here you go guys, play on, the rinks in heaven await #PutYourSticksOut #Humboltstrong #angelsontheice #HockeyFamily pic.twitter.com/kI5PcMRV9w— David Backes (@dbackes42) April 10, 2018
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My heart is heavy. Still grieving with the rest of the entire hockey community. To honour the Humboldt Broncos, 15 sticks out on the porch. #PutYourSticksOut pic.twitter.com/3LldZ7FpKp— Coleman Vollrath (@Colemanvollrath) April 9, 2018
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It's not only Canadian and American fans who are leaving their tributes. Around the world, people are putting their sticks outside their homes.
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I know I’m not Canadian but felt it was poignant to do this #PutYourSticksOut pic.twitter.com/OG8lv9TXQh— Leanne McOmish (@LeanneMcOmish) April 9, 2018
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Leaving these out tonight in Dublin Ireland. Even this far away, the Broncos accident saddens people deeply. As someone whose been on such busses many moons ago, I can’t fathom the heartbreak of those close to the tragedy. #PutYourSticksOut #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/0NsZ8NFVxj— Aaron Murphy ? (@MurphOnIce) April 9, 2018
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An online fundraiser have been launched to raise funds for the families of the victims. The fundraiser has so far raised more than C$5m ($3.9m, ?2.7m).
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