A tragic accident that took the lives of 15 young hockey players has inspired a local rep coach to make a difference.

Head Coach of the Kapuskasing Midget A Icehawks Jacques Dagenais says he already talks to his players on the weekly about life, hardships and turmoil.

Dagenais says, following the tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos Junior A team, he and his team has decided as a sign of respect to wear green tape during their upcoming Ontario Hockey Federation tournament.

He also says he will focus this next weekly chat on how to respond to an event such as this.

Dagenais says this week’s chat will also hit a little closer to home.

The Icehawks Midget A team will be leaving Thursday afternoon for their OHF tournament in New Liskeard Friday through Sunday.

Icehawks final practice Tuesday night prior to OHF Hockey Tournament in New Liskeard this weekend Photo by Cody Chrush