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It’s pretty obvious.”
Current and former NHL players laid sticks in front of a Humboldt Broncos jersey prior to a tribute country concert Friday night honoring the junior
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killed in the April 6 bus crash, and chants of ”Go Broncos Go!” rang through the crowd shortly after Premier Scott Moe made a speech.
Current NHL players such as Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames and Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens were in attendance.
The stars who performed at the show, like Juno award winner Brett Kissel, anticipated before they took the stage that it would be an emotional
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The Hunter Brothers from Saskatchewan sang the national anthem while Chad Brownlee played a rendition of Tom Cochrane’s ”Big League.” A video
message from surviving Broncos player Brayden Camrud was played before the performances started along with a message from Chris Joseph, whose son
Jaxon died in the crash.
The crowd also gave a section of first responders in attendance a standing ovation.
Kissel, as well as fellow Juno winners Dallas Smith and Jess Moskaluke, played some of their biggest hits.
On Thursday night, close to 50 current and former NHL players gave a standing ovation to families of the Broncos at a local hotel.
Scott Thomas, whose son Evan died in the crash, didn’t expect to see such a big crowd.
”You could see the pain in their faces, you could see the respect that they have for what we’re going through as parents, as hockey people,”
Thomas said. ”There’s just a lot of emotion in the room.”
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he said. ”It was really heart wrenching to just kind of be there and put some names to the faces finally that we’ve heard about.”
The Country Thunder Music Festival said money from the $65 concert tickets will be donated to the families.
Power forward Robert Williams was projected to be a lottery pick – and that was last year, after his freshman year at Texas A&M.
But there he was, sliding down to the Boston Celtics at the 27th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.
”It’s not my job to know what the other 26 teams are thinking,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after adding the two-time Southeastern
Conference defensive player of the year. ”We thought that he was the right pick for us, and we felt very fortunate to be able to get him.”
A 6-foot-10, 237-pound Oil City, Louisiana, native, Williams was considered a certain first-round pick as a freshman – maybe in the top 10.
But he decided he wasn’t ready. He returned and averaged 10.4 points and an SEC-leading 9.2 rebounds while leading the Aggies to the NCAA
tournament’s Sweet 16.
”He’s a rim-protector and a rebounder, and he can play above the rim on both ends of the court http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-pernell-mcphee-jersey ,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said. ”We
don’t have much of that.”
Williams, 20, still has some work to do- especially on offense, Ainge conceded.
”He’s still young,” Ainge said. ”He brings an upside. There’s still parts of his game that are untapped. But rim-protection and rebounding,
we know that.”
Stevens said current Celtics big men Al Horford and Gordon Hayward will be a big help in getting Williams ready. ”He won’t have any better role
models than the guys in front of him,” the coach said.
The Celtics followed an appearance in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals with an offseason overhaul that brought in Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Despite
losing both of them to injuries during the season, they returned to the league’s final four thanks in part to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum,
back-to-back No. 3 picks in the previous two years.
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with just their own first-rounder this year and no picks in the second. They could have up to four first-rounders next year.
Ainge said he looked into moving up to the top of the draft.
”We spent the last couple of weeks figuring out what the cost was. We knew that was very, very unlikely,” he said.
Acquiring a second-round pick didn’t interest him all that much.
”We don’t need more young players really,” he said. ”We feel good about adding one that does something that we don’t have.”
Speaking at the team’s brand new practice facility, the Auerbach Center, Stevens said Williams was a good athlete with good feet and an arm-span of
7-feet, 5-inches. Williams blocked 155 shots in college – third in Texas A&M history, with 78 as a sophomore that were the second-most in a
single season for an Aggie.
”Right now he is an elite athlete, with incredible length,” Stevens said. ”And he plays well above the rim. Obviously http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-sweat-jersey , if you can have four shooters in the game and a guy like that
rolling to the rim, you can just throw it into the air and he can go get it.”
Because Williams was expected to go higher in the draft, the Celtics did not have a workout for him in Boston. Stevens said having a prospect visit is
”just a formality in a lot of ways” for Ainge and his staff.
”They’ve already watched them pay live a bunch, spent time with their coaches and everybody else,” Stevens said. ”But I don’t think you need
to watch must to tell how athletic he is. It’s pretty obvious.”