By Carter Brooks
Photos courtesy of the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund
Hope in Heartbreak: Logan Boulet - formerly of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Humboldt Broncos - has been named the Humanitarian of the Year by the Dawne Switenky Memorial Foundation of Saskatchewan Thursday.
Boulet, who tragically passed away following the horrific April 6th, 2018 highway crash involving the Broncos team bus, was honoured posthumously at a ceremony on Thursday for prompting what has turned into over 100,000 Canadians signing up to become organ donors nationally.
The Humanitarian of the Year award had held the namesake of Dawne Switenky, but will honour Boulet going forward. Because he had signed up to be an organ donor, Boulet's organs and tissue was immediately used to save six lives following his passing. The 21-year-old defenceman had signed up to be a donor just a month prior to the wreck.
Boulet - a 6-foot-2, 195-pound product of Lethbridge, AB. spent the last three seasons playing hockey with the Kindersley Klippers and the Broncos of the SJHL. In 134 career games, Boulet had 12 goals, 27 points and 133 penalty minutes. Although only dressing in 37 games in 2017-18, Boulet set career highs with eight goals and 15 points, putting him on pace for a record season. In nine playoff games this year, Boulet had two goals and four points.
On Friday, the Stanley Cup will visit Humboldt, SK., as Saskatchewan native and now Stanley Cup champion Chandler Stephenson is bringing sports' greatest trophy to the community for a public afternoon event, following a private team function in the morning.
Surviving members of the Broncos, Caleb Dahlgren (whom Stephenson has already spent time skating with this summer) and Brayden Camrud (who Stephenson invited to Las Vegas for the Stanley Cup Final) were friends of Stephenson's, and are hosting Humboldt Hockey Day on Friday, in which many current and former NHL players will be present in town with the Cup.