MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The hockey community in Marquette County rallied support around a family who lost two loved ones in a recent car accident. Both victims, involved in the sport for many years.
18-year-old Jacob and 22-year-old Will Johnson, both of Marquette were killed in a St. Ignace crash Friday. Kyle Johnson, riding in the backseat of that car, remains in serious condition. The puck dropped Monday at 8:30 p.m., between the Iron Range Miners and Marquette Main Street Pizza.
The stadium held a moment of silence for both Kyle and Jake, who spent years playing in local junior hockey associations.
"We were down in Big Rapids for a tournament this weekend and the word traveled so fast. We had incredible support from the teams involved in that tournament," says Chris Holmgren, head coach of the Iron Range Miners. "The tournament director, the people at the hotel who went out of their way to accomodate us. And then of course, up here in the U.P., Northern Michigan University honored them with a tribute on their scoreboard."
The Negaunee High School hockey team is donating all proceeds from their game and 50/50 raffle on Tuesday night when they play Escanaba. There is also a GoFundMe page set up for the Johnson family. If you'd like to donate, a link is provided on this webpage.