The support sent in the direction of Humboldt from across the world in the wake of the Broncos' bus tragedy has been extraordinary. However, one could say that an Estevan-residing long haul trucker and former Bruins commentator found a heavenly way to honor the 16 victims of the crash.
While on the road, Blaine Davies heard of a way people could pay to have a star named after a loved one. He was arranging for one for his friend who'd lost a brother when the accident happened.
"I kind of just thought, 'Oh my god, they need stars too.' I'd called the International Star Registry and got the one star going, then I called them back and spoke about the Humboldt stars, and it kind of ballooned from there, really."
He got in touch with the Bronco's communications manager, found out that a few of the families would be in attendance when Chandler Stephenson brought the Stanley Cup to Humboldt, and finally presented packages with information on the stars to the families.
"They come with coordinates to where the stars are, are star map and a picture of the star, a certificate of authenticity that they can frame and whatnot. I just thought it was something that would help comfort them, knowing that they have a star that's going to live forever in the sky that they can talk to in troubled times," said Davies.
However, while the star's names are officially recognized in a general sense, it means nothing to the scientific community, and is considered more of a symbolic gesture.
He shared that the crash had personal significance to him, both as a former Bruins commentator and as a truck driver.
"It hurt, knowing that a truck hit the bus, and just totally aweful to think about. As far removed as I was, I did some games with Danny (Ewen, then-play by play voice for the Bruins) in Estevan at the start of 2017. Eight out of the sixteen that passed away were involved in the games we did, so when your sitting and looking at those names...I said those names. It hurt, and I tried to figure out what I could do."
He also found a way to permanently etch the memory of the players on himself through a designed tattoo.
"I got the Humboldt Broncos logo and it says 'Broncos', then I incorporated the stars. They're on my window shoulder."
He also hopes to see stars named after the victims of the Swift Current Broncos bus crash from 1986.