Humboldt will recover

Jeff Editor

From the Editor’s Desk

Jeff Gaye

If you’re not from Saskatchewan, you can be forgiven if you had never heard of Humboldt before last week.

In Saskatchewan, place names aren’t just part of the geography, they’re part of the vocabulary. But to an outsider, the towns are
all pretty much the same. The hotel (bar) is at the corner of Main Street and Railway Avenue, the Co-op is a block up Main Street and the Credit Union is next door or across the street.

To someone from Saskatchewan, every town’s name projects a picture of a very specific place, and usually suggests a story. And the stories often centre around sports: baseball, curling, and especially hockey.

Humboldt is a jewel on the prairie. It has long been the administrative and economic centre of a sprawling rural municipality, and it has some of the strong stone-and-brick structures that go with that – the post office and the court house are classics of the type.

As a tip to the German immigrants whose descendants still make up much of the region’s population, a few of the buildings downtown have a decidedly German look to them. Humboldt in the summertime is a beautiful little city with tidy tree-lined streets. It’s a delight to drive into town.

For hockey fans, Humboldt is famous as the home of three-time Vezina Trophy winning goalie Glenn Hall. Now, sadly, Glenn Hall is Humboldt’s second best-known hockey story.

I love the compassion the world has shown following the tragedy of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos. Of course, I hope — and I’m sure — those promising young lives will not be forgotten. But I also know the name Humboldt, Saskatchewan will not forever be associated with tragedy and pain.

Soon our attention will turn elsewhere. Humboldt will always carry the memory of its loss, but life in that tough yet charming city will go on.