On Friday, October 5th the Campbellton Tigers will play their home opener against the Valley Wildcats in a game which will have special meaning for the Tigers and their fans. In conjunction with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the other nine Jr. A leagues that comprise the CJHL, the Tigers will unveil a special banner in tribute of the Humboldt Broncos. This banner will be displayed at the Tigers’ regular season home games. Each of the 133 member clubs of the CJHL will do likewise for the 2018-19 season.
The banner, designed by Mr. Tyler Hutchinson of Moose Jaw, Sask., is in honour and remembrance of all those involved in the tragic events of April 6, 2018. In designing his tribute, Hutchinson gave his thoughts on what moved him to create the artwork.
“Like everybody across the world, I was shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos,” stated Hutchinson. “It hit very close to home, as I currently have cousins playing in both the SJHL and WHL,” he added. “It got me thinking and I decided to try and come up with something that the entire CJHL could use, not only to commemorate the tragic events, but also help with the healing process. Hopefully the design does this.”
“On behalf of the CJHL, we are indebted to Tyler Hutchinson, for his generous gift, which will help maintain the memory of so many, embedded in our hearts, each time we visit our venues,” offered CJHL President Brent Ladds.
The banner will also be highlighted through the use of decals, which will be worn on the helmets of all players within the CJHL, including the Tigers this season.