The recent tragedy in Humboldt, SK rocked the hockey world. Some of the journalists who cover the MHL wanted to do something special to honour the play-by-play voice of the Humboldt Broncos, Tyler Bieber, 29. While the response to the tragedy on a national and even global scale has been overwhelming, MHL journalists wanted to do something that would resonate specifically for the people who cover the game that so many people in this country love so much.
They felt that something specifically for their colleagues in the media who perished would have more meaning. With that in mind, Michael Petter, acting with the endorsement of the rest of the media throughout the league and the Bieber family, reached out to the Nova Scotia Community College to see about creating a bursary for the Radio and Television Arts program.
The Tyler Bieber Memorial Bursary will be presented this fall. The following description of the bursary comes from the NSCC website:
On April 6, 2018, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Jr A hockey team was on its way from their home arena in Humboldt, SK to Nipawin for an SJHL playoff game against the Hawks. Sixteen people were killed, including an employee and an intern at the local radio station, BOLT FM, who were travelling with the team to broadcast the game that evening. With thoughts for of all of the victims, their families, first responders, and others impacted by this tragedy, The Tyler Bieber Memorial Bursary will be presented to a student of the Radio and Television Arts program at the NSCC. This bursary will be presented to a student based on financial need, with an interest in a career in sports broadcasting and a commitment to community service, particularly within the sports community.
While the media of the MHL have got the ball rolling on this bursary, we are asking the fans, teams, officials, and others in and around the league to continue to show their support for the people of Humboldt by donating to this bursary before 1 August.
Please go to support.nscc.ca/Humboldt to make your donation to The Tyler Bieber Memorial Bursary.