Todd Stansbury, right, is announced as the new athletic director at Georgia Tech by school President Bud Peterson during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Atlanta. Stansbury had served as Oregon State's athletic director since June 2015 and is a former Georgia Tech football player and 1984 alumnus. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Photo: John Amis/AP
Photo: John Amis/AP

Todd Stansbury offers support to Humboldt crash victims

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury offered his support to the families of victims and survivors of the bus crash that claimed the lives of 15 team members and staff of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team last week in Saskatchewan.

Stansbury tweeted out a message that said he and his wife Karen have been praying “for the victims of this terrible tragedy in my native country and the loved ones they leave behind.” The tweet was accompanied with a photo of a hockey stick outside of his office, a tribute that has become widespread on social media.

The tragedy undoubtedly hit home with Stansbury not only because of his Canadian roots – he grew up in Ontario before enrolling at Georgia Tech in 1980 – but because he also grew up playing hockey. Stansbury, in fact, played in a youth league with Wayne Gretzky before switching to football.

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