RYE, N.Y. – April 6, 2018 is a day that will remain ingrained in the minds of all sports fans. That day, the world gathered together in sadness as 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey club lost their lives in a tragic bus accident. Since then, hockey fans around the globe have joined together to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos.
Arlen Marshall, currently in his seventh season as head coach of the Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey program, played four years of junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) as a member of the Humboldt Broncos from 2002-06. Friday night, November 9, 2018, at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y. – former practice facility of the New York Rangers – the Valiants will host their 2018-19 home opener.
On that night, the Manhattanville program will host a “Light the Rink” ceremony, paired with a 16-second period of silence to remember the lives lost in the Humboldt Broncos accident. In addition to Marshall’s time with Humboldt, two current Valiants – Jared Martin (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)) and Cory Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)) – played with one of the surviving members of the Broncos’ team.
The first 250 fans in attendance for the game will receive green glow-in-the-dark thundersticks at the door. Prior to the game, Playland will turn down the lights and then light up the rink. The Valiants’ public address announcer will deliver a message dedicated to those who lost their lives, followed by a reading of names. All of this will be followed by the 16 seconds of silence.
Humboldt Broncos “Light the Rink” Dedication
(hosted by Manhattanville Men’s Ice Hockey)
Friday, November 9th @ 6:45 p.m.
Playland Ice Casino
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, N.Y. 10580