2018 was a year full of challenging stories, and as it ends, we're re-sharing some of the most important ones, along with our readers.
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UPDATE- April 11, 2018: Humboldt Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons died of her injuries in hospital, 5 days after the bus crash. She is the 16th fatality in the accident.
It began with TSN broadcaster Brian Munz, who passed on an idea from a high school buddy, on Sunday night.
The call to action was quickly taken up. The simple yet powerful gesture on porches and at front and back doors, in the still chilly spring evening, was brought together with the hashtag #putyoursticksout.
Aisling Gamble put three sticks out in front of her Calgary home on Sunday evening. "As a hockey family, we want to show our support to the families affected in Humboldt in any way we can," she told HuffPost Canada over Twitter.
Gamble has triplet sons, who are 13 next month and going into their first year of bantam hockey in the fall.
She said she was moved by the photo Munz posted from his friend in Humboldt.
"We also want the families of the 15 who lost their lives to know their grief is being felt far and wide among the hockey community, and that we will never forget," Gamble added.
And the tribute reached outside of Canada too.
The Broncos were on their way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game Friday, when their bus crashed with a semi. Fifteen people died, and 14 others were injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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