BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces announced on Wednesday a pair of fundraising efforts to support the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
In the wake of last Friday’s tragic bus crash that involved the junior hockey team based in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, the Flying Aces will donate proceeds from the end-of-season jersey auction and this Saturday’s 50/50 raffle to the Broncos organization.
The online jersey auction is open immediately for bidding and allows fans the chance to win an authentic game-worn red Flying Aces jersey from the 2017-18 season, the first season under the Flying Aces identity and the organization’s fourth season total in the USHL. Fans can view all of the jerseys available in the auction and place bids by clicking on this link. The auction will close on Monday, April 16 at 5 p.m. Following the conclusion of the auction, the Flying Aces will donate 50 percent of all proceeds to the Broncos.
In addition to the jersey auction, the Flying Aces will also donate all the proceeds from Saturday night’s 50/50 raffle, which will take place at the final home game of the season at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. Fans can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets outside of Section 110 at the Flying Aces Booster Club booth or from 50/50 raffle ticket sellers that will be positioned throughout the arena during the game.
As of this release, the Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe page had raised $8.7 million to help families and loved ones travel to Humboldt and aid in the medical and funeral costs for the players and staff involved in the accident.
Central Illinois hosts the Chicago Steel on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. in its regular season and home finale. Fans can purchase tickets, which start as low as $8, by calling 309-434-2980 or visiting flyingaceshockey.com.
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.