Logan Boulet, 21, was laid to rest on Saturday
A 21-year-old who died after a bus carrying his junior hockey team tragically collided with a tractor-trailer in Canada has been honored as a hero at his funeral.
Thousands gathered to remember Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet at the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Saturday.
The defensive player was taken off life support shortly after the fatal crash that killed 15 others and his organs were donated – saving the lives of six people.
The ceremony was adorned with some of Logan’s favorite things: hockey sticks, his jerseys since he was a child, his skates and UNO cards.
‘I thought since we’re in a hockey rink and Logan is a great hockey player that it would be suitable for us to cheer loudly to remember my godson and our friend and our son,’ said the boy’s godfather Neil Langevin.
The Boulet family watch as pallbearers carry the casket of their son and brother, Humboldt Broncos’ Logan Boulet during a funeral service at the Nicholas Sheran Arena
Logan, 21, was taken off life support shortly after the April 6 crash that killed 15 others
Then, Langevin lead the crowd as one side cheered ‘Logan’ and the other ‘Boulet’, before they gave the beloved hockey player a standing ovation, according to CTVnews.
‘He’s not just a hockey guy, he’s a great guy,’ he said.
Boulet’s family, friends and classmates and teachers from Winston Churchill High School spoke about the man they knew as kind and disciplined.
The defensive hockey palyer’s organs were donated and have saved the lives of six people
Students and teachers from Winston Churchill High School sing during the funeral service
One of his teachers, Jacob Hedinge, said Logan had traits he wants his own children to have.
‘Humble yet confident. Humorous but not attention seeking. Hardworking but balanced,’ he said.
Logan’s minor hockey team coach Doug Paisley praised the Logan’s selfless character.
‘You talk about a team guy and team first – that was him,’ he said.
‘I’m not sure I’ve ever coached a better person.’
Logan’s parents Bernie and Toby were one of the first parents to show up at a Saskatoon church where people went to wait to hear from their loved ones after the crash.
Toby Boulet makes a closing remark at a funeral for his son. The Boulets were one of the first parents to show up at a Saskatoon church where people went after the crash
Logan’s hockey skates and UNO cards were on display at his funeral, attended by thousands
He was kept on life support at the Royal University Hospital until his organs could be donated, according to local media.
Logan had signed his organ donor card just weeks ago when he turned 21, the Calgary Herald reported.
‘He’s a hero,’ said family friend Brian Friesen.
Logan’s donation reportedly has lead to a surge in Canadians signing their donor cards.
Shortly after the crash, his family said: ‘Logan’s strong heart continues to beat this evening.
‘The final harvesting of Logan’s organs will take place overnight, now that he has positive matches. He is giving new hope.’
The 21-year-old’s jerseys since he was a child, as well as photos if him, adorned the memorial
Those who knew Logan spoke of him as a kind and disciplined team player who loved hockey
A tractor-trailer truck and the bus carrying Logan and 28 others to a semi-finals playoff game crashed in Saskatchewan on April 6.
The accident took place on Highway 35, about 19 miles north of Tisdale, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The cause is yet to be determined.
The other victims have been named as Head Coach Darcy Haugan, team Captain Logan Schatz, 20, Assistant Coach Mark Cross, 27, Jaxon Joseph, 20, Stephen Wack, 21, Adam Herold, 16, Logan Hunter, 18, radio announcer Tyler Bieber, volunteer team statistician Brody Hinz, 18, Conner Lukas, 21, Evan Thomas 18, Jacob Leicht, 19, Parker Tobin, 18, trainer Dayna Brons, 25, and bus driver Glen Doerksen.
Coach Darcy Haugan and player Jacob Leicht, 19, were laid to rest on Friday.
The Broncos’ hometown, Humboldt, is a city with a population of 6,000.
It is located about 70 miles east of Saskatoon – the largest city and economic hub of the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan.