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'Sticks out' on St. Joseph Island

A small community in Central Algoma expressed their deepest sympathy for the family and friends far from the tragedy that took 16 lives of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team
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Thousands of Canadians may never have heard of Humboldt Sask., or the Humboldt Broncos, but because of the results of one tragic day, all of Canada knows sharing thoughts and prayers for those who lost their lives and for those left behind to mourn. 

A small community in Central Algoma expressed their deepest sympathy for the family and friends far from the tragedy that took 16 lives of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

As residents rose Wednesday, a display of hockey sticks wrapped in green ribbon were seen throughout the village of Hilton Beach including homes, businesses, the municipal office, hydro poles along Mark Street, as well, the village flag pole lowered to half mast. 

On Facebook, comments started after photos were taken and shared with many asking, who was inspired to do that. 

Village resident, Lori Desjardin made the bows and daughter-in-law, Amy Desjardin, helped set out the sticks the night before.

"We are all feeling a little helpless right now and we all know how the Island pulls together when there is a tragic event. It hits close to home because we have all been there with traveling to rinks all over the countryside with our son's, daughter's and grandchildren and we know how much this would hurt getting that change of life call. Hilton Beach can be very proud of all its strength and closeness we all have to offer. Way to go Island people," wrote Village resident, Lori Desjardin.

"It was all Lori's idea though," Amy replied on Facebook to a friend comment. "A tribute to the Humboldt Broncos who lost their lives this past weekend,".

One thanked the Desjardins women, as well, a great tribute from the Island, wrote another.

"When I was out walking that morning and came upon the first tribute, I was so completely overwhelmed by emotion. I felt sad all over again but I also felt so proud! Someone in our community had created this beautiful tribute and I had to share that with other people. It was the first time since this horrific tragedy happened that I felt like I could help in some small way! Kudos to Lori and Amy for this kind gesture," Julie Moore wrote.

In addition to Hilton Beach, hockey sticks were seen in Hilton Township and Richards Landing including a cluster of sticks on either side of the stairway leading into St. Joseph Island Central School.