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Hockey: Chicago Steel to donate proceeds of jersey auction following tragic Canadian junior hockey team crash

The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League were involved in a fatal bus accident last week

Tyler Gratton (left) of the Chicago Steel starts the celebration May 23 after his overtime goal lifted the Steel to a 2-1 win against Sioux City that clinched the Steel's first United States Hockey League title. The Steel won the final series three games to two.
Tyler Gratton (left) of the Chicago Steel starts the celebration May 23 after his overtime goal lifted the Steel to a 2-1 win against Sioux City that clinched the Steel's first United States Hockey League title. The Steel won the final series three games to two.

GENEVA – The Chicago Steel will be donating proceeds from its game-worn jersey auction towards the international response and relief effort following a tragic bus accident involving a Canadian junior hockey team.

The Steel organization announced the effort on Thursday.

The auction will take place on Friday, April 13, at the organization's Fan Appreciation Night. Fans can place bids on all black Steel game jerseys and select white jerseys, which will be signed and distributed following the conclusion of the season, the release states.

The team bus of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League was involved in a fatal accident by colliding with a semi-trailer en route to a playoff game on April 6. Sixteen people have officially been confirmed deceased and another 13 were injured.

“Over the past week, the hockey community has banded together to honor the victims of this horrible tragedy,” said Steel President Dan Lehv. “We hope that our Steel family can play a small role in the healing process.”

A GoFundMe started to raise money for the families affected has raised 9.7 million dollars to date. Social Media tributes to the team have also since gone viral.

An official website detailing updates and press inquiries has been started, which can be found here.

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