In Quinte West, Ont., provincial police showed their support by having two members of their canine unit wear jerseys and pose for a photograph alongside uniformed officers.
The campaign went viral, with dozens of organizations across Canada, the USA and even Europe encouraging people to take part in the event by wearing jerseys or dressing in gold and green, the colours of the Humboldt Broncos.
Chatham-Kent Employment & Social Services shows its support for the Humboldt Broncos, April 12, 2018. People are posting to the Jersey Day Facebook page from Surrey, Alaska, smalltown Alberta, Michigan, Penticton, the East Coast, and more.
The symbolic gesture has picked up steam and now people from around the world are sharing photos of their jerseys on social media under the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt.
Staff and students at most local schools also took part.
The death toll from Friday's Humboldt Broncos bus crash near Tisdale, Saskatchewan has risen to 16. We've spent time on buses.
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When she heard that on Thursday many throughout the U.S and Canada would be wearing jerseys she felt the initiative had to come to Maine-Endwell Senior High School.
"And I'm going to match their tips".
For his young players, Connors said Jersey Day was a "way for them to find some peace".
An event that usually brings together a modest crowd of around 600 minor hockey players and their families packed the curling rink this year for the unique occasion.
Anthony Hall agreed. The 18-year-old forward wore his Phoenix jersey to send a message to anyone affected by the tragedy, which claimed 16 lives and left 13 injured.
"The parents and families who've been touched by this tragedy, we feel for them", Murdocco said. "I also understand as I was at the scene that we are all going to need help in order to get through this hard time".
"You put a lot of faith in people that are maintaining roads", Pettie said. They all planned to attend Thursday's memorial.