The Stena Line Belfast Giants #27 jersey will be worn during the 2018/19 season by Kendall McFaull in honour of his friend Troy Gasper, the father of three who was killed in a crash in Canada recently.
McFaull originally selected #2, however thanks to Paxton Schulte’s magnificent gesture – the Giants, McFaull and Schulte have agreed to honour Gasper with the #27 coming out of retirement for one season.
Gasper, 26, his wife Carissa, 28, and their three children aged six, four and two, were killed in a tragic car crash. Gasper played two seasons with the Humboldt Broncos from 2009 to 2011, where he was a teammate of Josh Roach, another current Giant.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the @HumboldtBroncos family, and specifically to the relatives and friends of Troy Gasper. Gasper is a former Bronco, and was tragically killed along with his family in a car accident in Saskatchewan on Friday.#HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/l1U8x8GsZL
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 1, 2018
The famous #27 jersey was retired by the Giants organisation in 2004 in honour of Paxton Schulte’s outstanding service to the organisation.
The Giants legend spoke with Davy McGimpsey, A View From The Bridge, had this to say on the #27 coming out of retirement for 2018/19:
“I am honoured and humbled by having the #27 jersey worn in Troy Gasper’s honour. Giving up my #27 jersey is a small price to pay for such an honourable gesture. I send my deepest regards to Kendall and also to Troy’s family. We have to help one another through troubles and celebrate the good times”
The Humboldt Broncos organization sends it sincere condolences to the family, friends and communities mourning Troy Gasper and his family, as well as everyone else impacted by the tragic accident that took their lives.
— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) July 2, 2018
Kendall McFaull on wearing the #27 jersey in Troy Gasper’s honour during 2018/19:
“Troy wore number 27 in junior hockey and his six year old daughter began playing hockey, wearing the same number. I am honoured to wear #27 jersey in memory of Troy.”
“Every time I pull on the famous #27 and step onto the ice I’ll be thinking of Troy and his family and playing for them,” said McFaull to Davy McGimpsey, A View From The Bridge.
“But also playing in honour of Paxton and all the Belfast Giants past & present and that every night I’ll be playing my heart out and doing whatever it takes to make the team win.”
Click here for the full story and interviews with Paxton Schulte and Kendall McFaull thanks to Davy McGimpsey, A View From The Bridge.