Jordan and brother Brandon suit up in second annual memorial tournament
About 100 hockey players gathered in St. Albert this past weekend, for the second annual Humboldt Broncos Memorial Charity Hockey Tournament.
Spruce Grove Saints veteran Jordan Biro was among those playing this year, along with his older brother Brandon, who played for the Saints from 2014 to 2016.
Jordan says he was honoured to be asked.
"There were so many hockey players there - that crash affected everybody. It really makes you just appreciate everything a little bit more, and appreciate what you have and how great your life actually is outside of hockey," he said.
"It was pretty neat playing in that, as well as having NHLers like Colton Parayko and Nick Holden, and obviously the legend Ron MacLean being there."
Both Biros played with Conner Lukan during his Saints tenure, while Jordan was also a teammate of Parker Tobin.
He said despite the reason for the tournament, it was nice to get everyone together.
"I saw a lot of family members and friends of the players who were injured, and I talked to Parker Tobin's parents for a bit, just to see how they were doing," he said.
"Kind of a celebration, and some tears and laughter. It was awesome to get everybody together. We're all grieving about it, but it was a really, really fun weekend and I'm so happy that I was a part of it."
He says organizer and former Whitecourt Wolverine Jaedon Leslie invited him to join the fundraiser this year, which raised over $22,000 dollars.
Leslie's co-organizers were former Wolverines goaltender Josh Dechaine, and former Tri-City American Parker AuCoin, who played 4 games for the Saints back in 2014.
Biro says as a junior hockey player, the crash is never far from his mind.
"You never forget about those guys. Playing junior hockey like a lot of us boys do, that could have been any bus that could have happened to. You're always thinking about those guys, and they're obviously unbelievable guys. So you're constantly reminded just about that crash and how horrible it was, and how many people it affected."
The tournament started last year to honour the four players from St. Albert who died in the crash: Lukan, Jaxon Joseph, Logan Hunter, and Stephen Wack.