Greg Rider's music video for "Sixteen Sticks"

Greg Rider Pays Tribute to Humboldt Tragedy With “Sixteen Sticks”

Greg Rider has released a touching tribute to the Humboldt Bronco tragedy that happened in 2018 with his new single “Sixteen Sticks”.

We all remember that day in 2018. It’s a day that will stick with most Canadians for the rest of our lives.

Like most Canadians, this crash hit Greg really hard. “I won’t forget the day it happened,” Greg said. “I got a phone call from my Aunt in tears sharing the terrible news. She knew it would hit close to home for the both of us, so she suggested I write a song about it.”

Stream "Sixteen Sticks" By Greg rider

Greg grew up in a hockey town in Ontario, and spent 8 years playing the sport for the Flamborough Sabres. Even though he pivoted to a career in music, Rider still has a strong bond with the hockey community. This is how “Sixteen Sticks” came to be.

Sixteen Sticks” was written weeks after the accident. He decided not to release it at the time because he felt it was still too early. So, he decided to tuck it away.

Six months ago though, Rider reached out to lend his support to Tyler Smith, one of the survivors, after hearing him on an interview about mental health. Greg decided to share his song “Sixteen Sticks” with Smith, who gave Rider his blessing to release the tribute.

It’s a really moving song. Many times while listening to “Sixteen Sticks” you can feel the hairs raise up on your arms, and a little lump form in the back of your throat. The song takes you right back to the emotions of the Humboldt Bronco’s tragedy. Greg has chosen to donate a portion of the proceeds from this single to select charities.

This is a special song. Be sure to stream “Sixteen Sticks” on Apple Music and Spotify.

Watch The Music Video For “Sixteen Sticks”

Stream The Humboldt Tribute “Sixteen Sticks” By Greg Rider

“Sixteen Sticks” Lyrics By Greg Rider

I know how it feels to stand on the blue line
Wearing my jersey on a Friday night
Family and friends pressed against the glass
Holding their breath with every pass
Band of brother brought together by that crest
From the first puck drop to the last playoff win
That all changed on a cold saskatchewan night
At around 5 pm on highway 35

There will always be 16 sticks laying at center ice,
Picking sides, frozen in time
With their banners high under those rafter lights
There will always be 16 dreams carried on
By Yellow and green
Through every heartbreak loss and every hometown win
Nothing will take away those times
And those 16 sticks will live forever on ice
60 minutes at the end of week
They were humble heroes we could see and believe
passion and faith laced up in those skates
Brought the whole town to life with every red light save

There will always be 16 sticks laying at center ice,
Picking sides, frozen in time
With their banners high under those rafter lights
There will always be 16 dreams carried on
By Yellow and green
Through every heartbreak loss and every hometown win
Nothing will take away those times
And those 16 sticks will live forever on ice

No matter how much time passes
the wins or the losses
I know they’ll be watching

There will always be 16 sticks laying at center ice,
Picking sides, frozen in time
With their banners high under those rafter lights
There will always be 16 dreams carried on
By Yellow and green
Through every heartbreak loss and every hometown win
Nothing will take away those times
And those 16 sticks will live forever on ice

About Greg Rider

Greg Rider recently moved back to his hometown and toured across 80 Canadian schools. His goal was to spread a message of hope and resiliency and share how he overcame anxiety and depression. Rider’s single titled “One Town Away” was released early summer 2020.

Born in Mississauga, Rider always knew he was meant to be an entertainer. At 21 years old, a near-death experience changed his perspective. His dreams were no longer constrained by money or his geographic location.

He spent his early adult years performing on the street corners of Montreal and bartending in bars. He then moved to the Cayman Islands to bartend at the Margaritaville Resorts. Four months later, he bought a one-way ticket to Nashville to become a full-time singer and songwriter.

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