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WATERLOO — The Waterloo Black Hawks will play their final regular-season game Saturday against the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Waterloo could be playing for the United States Hockey League Anderson Cup in the game, but the Black Hawks will also be playing for their junior hockey brethren.

The Black Hawks organization has announced that the funds it raises during the Fan’s Choice Player of the Year campaign will be donated to victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, where 16 people lost their life last Friday.

Another round of fundraising will take place Saturday, with more than $4,500 from the Player of the Year campaign, a dollar from each ticket purchased for the game with Des Moines will also be donated.

“We all understand what it is like to climb onto a bus, focused on the big game at the end of a long trip,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said “Players and coaches do it without a second thought about coming back home safely. That is why this grief ripples so far and why so many feel compelled to try and help in some way.”

There will be several other ways fans can contribute to the Broncos’ fund Saturday.

First fans are encouraged to wear Humboldt’s team colors — Green and Gold, and the Black Hawk players are wearing special team helmet decals. Proceeds from the chuck-a-puck contest at the end of the second intermission will also be added to the donation and fans can make additional contributions in one of the ‘Bronco Buckets’ at the rink.

“It’s tragic and sad, and we can only hope that through tragedy we can help the lost souls and that community find some version of triumph,” O’Handley said. “We are seeing the small and tightly-knit world of hockey pull together to honor those lost and help those in Humboldt who will most certainly have a long road ahead.”


Sports Reporter

Sports reporter for The Courier

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