Rockets gear up for Humboldt Broncos fundraiser

Vancouver Canucks prospect Kole Lind is one of the high profile players participating this weekend in a fundraising hockey tournament for the Humboldt Strong Foundation.   

The Foundation was set up to support the players and families involved in a tragic bus crash April 6th that claimed the lives of 15 players, coaches and team personnel when a semi trailer failed to stop at a flashing stop sign.    

Lind's team includes former Kelowna Rockets forwards Reid and Erik Gardiner, who were born and raised in Humboldt and knew many of the those killed or injured.

"It means a bit more for me and Erik. We knew lots of the kids on that bus and it is our hometown. I think it will be good (the tournament) for everybody and will help with the healing process", said Reid Gardiner.     

Brodan Salmond, Leif Mattson, James Hilsendager and former Rockets captain Rodney Southam will also participate in the 'Hockey for Humboldt' non-contact tournament, where each team had to make a minimum donation of 15 hundred dollars to participate.   

All the games will be played at the Credit Union Iplex, the home of the Swift Current Broncos, who are currently in Everett participating in the WHL final.