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Sidney Crosby sends jersey, notes to Humboldt bus crash survivors (pic)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, with the assistance of his teammates, did his part this week to show support for the survivors of the tragic bus crash last week involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

The accident, which involved the bus colliding with semi, occurred last Friday as the team traveled to a playoff game in Saskatchewan, Canada. The accident left 15 dead, including the team’s head coach, players and the bus driver. Fourteen individuals were also injured in the crash, 12 of whom remained hospitalized as of Monday.

Crosby on Tuesday had Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze create a custom team jersey featuring “BRONCOS” on the nameplate. Every member of the Penguins signed the jersey as well.

Crosby also sent autographed photographs that included personalized messages to the survivors of the tragedy.

Along with the jersey and personalized messages, Crosby and his teammates donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe page set up to assist survivors of the crash as well as support the families of the victims who lost their lives. The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation matched the donation.

The tragedy without question has left the greater hockey community reeling and devastated. The fact Crosby and the Penguins took some time ahead of the playoffs to perform such a gesture is minor in the grand scheme of things but at least lets those affected by last week’s accident know they are not alone in their grief.