Toronto pays tribute to Humboldt victims with #PutYourStickOut displays

Toronto residents are paying tribute to victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash by leaving hockey sticks out in front of their homes.

Sticks have popped up on porches all over the city and around the country as part of the #PutYourStickOut campaign to show support for the Saskatchewan hockey team.

The stick gesture is the latest way Toronto is paying tribute to the Broncos.

Both the CN Tower and Toronto sign in front of City Hall were lit in the team’s green and yellow over the weekend. The Maple Leafs wore Broncos stickers on their helmets during Saturday’s home game and announced they would be making a donation to Humboldt.

Paul Bradshaw put three sticks out in front of his Milton, Ont., home Sunday night and left his porch lights on. The tragedy struck close for him — he has two sons in minor hockey.

Bradshaw plans to keep his sticks out for 15 days, to mark the 15 killed in the crash. He thinks the gesture shows the community of Humboldt that they have support across the country.

Faisal Anwar and his 10-year-old son, Aurick, also put a hockey stick out before bed Sunday night, paired with a candle out in front of their North York home.

Aurick said he wanted to honour the victims of the crash and express how he felt after hearing the news.