Ten players on the Humboldt Broncos team, aged between 16 and 21, died when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer in Saskatchewan.
Among the first to post about the #putyourstickout movement was Trevor Ollen.
Police state the uninjured truck driver was arrested but later published and supplied with mental health support.
Weldon says she is happy the entire nation is rallying around the Broncos.
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Both families have been understanding under the circumstances, Wilby said.
"This is something that kids could do to feel like they're making a difference and showing solidarity with the people of Humboldt".
Garinger said the team includes players from Edmonton, Slave Lake and Airdrie in Alberta and from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
#PutYourStickOut, an idea that originated with TSN broadcaster Brian Munz, is a symbolic movement that's gone viral with hockey sticks left on doorsteps.
The coach said Hunter excelled at school as well as sports, having won the academic scholarship for the hockey organization.
"Leaving it out on the porch tonight".
"Because if her boys are playing, you know she is right there to take care of them", Katie Rosa, a high school athletic trainer from Knoxville, Tennessee, tweeted along a photo of her tribute.
The Waterloo Region District School Board posted a similar message expressing sympathy.
"The families will know we are here to support and that hockey families everywhere stand united during tragedy".
By Monday morning, more than $4.7 million had been donated by over 69,000 people in just two days.
The sentiment was shared by many in the Coquitlam hockey community, and they felt compelled to come together to show their support. That day would have marked the 17th birthday of Herold - the youngest member of the team.
Flowers, cards and sentimental gifts adorn the ice surface at Humboldt Uniplex during preparations for a prayer vigil for the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada.
"We are all Humboldt Broncos", was the instantly iconic line from the evening.
The Ministry of Justice for Saskatchewan province said the mistake occurred partly because all the Humboldt Broncos players had dyed their hair blonde for the play-offs and because all the young men had similar builds.
"It's after things die down, that's when it gets hard but 13 years later people are still thinking about us so that definitely helps".