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Parents of former Humboldt Bronco reflect on his legacy three years after crash

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 12:49 pm MDT

Bernadine and Toby Boulet, parents of the late Humboldt Broncos hockey player Logan Boulet, pose at their home in Lethbridge, Alta. on Thursday, Dec.6, 2018. Several legacies have come out of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash including truck safety, seatbelts on buses and organ donation. THE CANADIAN PRESS /David Rossiter

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Three years after tragically losing his life, the legacy of former Humboldt Bronco Logan Boulet continues to grow.

Boulet, a Lethbridge hockey player, was one of 16 people killed when the Broncos team bus crashed with a semi-trailer near Armley, Saskatchewan on Apr. 6, 2018.

Just days before the crash, Boulet signed up to be an organ donor, which helped several people after his passing.

Fast forward to 2021 and Canadian Blood Services said more than 300,000 Canadians have singed their donor cards in the years since the tragedy.

Boulet’s parents spoke to Mookie and Billie Joe on 95.9 CHFM Wednesday morning as part of Green Shirt Day, in support of organ donation across the country.

LISTEN: Toby and Bernie Boulet share the legacy of their son Logan on 95.9 CHFM

They shared the story behind why Boulet made the decision to be an organ donor in the first place.

“His fitness trainer passed away on June 27, 2017 from a cerebral brain hemorrhage and that really inspired Logan to really make the next step and think more about it,” said Dad Toby. “He told me in August of 2017 that he wanted to be an organ donor.”

“That’s what Logan was all about,” added mom Bernie. “He wasn’t a limelight guy, he wasn’t the guy who wanted to be in the front, it’s part of who he was.”

Toby said at first, he was caught off guard when organ recipients across the country came up to thank them.

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He said at least two people who benefited from Logan’s organs have reached out.

“It took me about a year to finally realize that these people genuinely want to greet us and genuinely want to tell us and genuinely are thankful every day of their lives.”

“We realize now what an impact he has made on so many others,” said Bernie. “It’s so helpful when we do get those messages from other people saying we are thankful for all that you have done for organ donor registration.”

-with files from 95.9 CHFM