The Utica Aud has been lit green and gold in honor of the 15 hockey players that lost their lives after a tragic bus crash last weekend in Saskatchewan. The sign for the arena changes from green to gold as well.

In remembrance of the lives that were lost, the Utica Comets also plan to wear BRONCOS nameplates on their jerseys during Friday night's home game and fans are encouraged to do the same on Friday's home game as well.

Parents and students in the RFA hockey program are encouraging the Rome community to wear gold and green or a jersey on Thursday, April 12th to show their support for the families of the Humbolt Broncos. They are going through a tragedy that no parent or team should ever experience.

Its so very sad these junior hockey players spend three periods on the ice, fighting hard to win the game and chase the dream of becoming a National Hockey League player and they just love the game.

"I have a 13-year-old son that plays hockey now and I have a 16-year-old daughter," Rob Esche, the Utica Comets President said. "To think that they're not coming home is pretty impactful in a very hurtful way".

There's a lot of people that are thinking of them and a lot of people that are putting them in their prayers," Esche said.

[WKTV]