Canadians don hockey jerseys to honor dead in bus crash

Canadians don hockey jerseys to honor dead in bus crash
Students at Citadel High School wear sports jerseys to honor the victims of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in Halifax on Thursday, April 12, 2018. A bus carrying the hockey team crashed into a truck killing several and injuring others last Friday. The gesture is part of a nation-wide campaign to show support for the team and members of their community. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Many Canadians are wearing hockey jerseys to honor the 16 players and team personnel who died after a semi-trailer collided with the youth team’s bus.

People showed up at work and schools across Canada decked out in sports jerseys Thursday as part of a “Jersey Day” commemoration inspired by a group of British Columbia hockey moms to send a message of support for the families of the dead.

At Ontario’s legislature, members of the provincial parliament from all parties wore jerseys. A number of Toronto schools posted photographs on social media of students wearing their jerseys.

The team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, was on its way to a playoff game Friday when its bus collided with the big truck. Thirteen people were injured.

The first of 16 funerals began Thursday.