Day 6

When the Moon Comes: An ode to the sport that has brought Canada together

The story of a group of children waiting for their first hockey game of the season is an ode to Canada's game. Paul Harbridge reads from his book as a tribute to Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
Paul Harbridge and illustrator Matt James team up to deliver a picture book about the promise a frozen lake. (Paul Harbridge/Penguin Random House/Tundra Books)

This has been an emotional week across Canada.

The tragedy that struck the Humboldt Broncos last weekend has hit people hard, but it's also brought the country together.

Early in the week, the hashtag #PutYourSticksOut took hold, and all around the world people left hockey sticks on their front porch as a tribute to the team. 

On Thursday, people once again paid tribute by wearing team jerseys to work and to school.

The picture book When the Moon Comes, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards, tells the story of a group of children waiting for the full moon, when the ice will be hard enough for them to skate and play hockey on the local pond. 

This week on Day 6, author Paul Harbridge reads an excerpt from his book in a tribute to the Humboldt Broncos, hockey, and the immense outpouring of love and support that flooded Canada this week.

To hear Paul Harbridge read an excerpt from When the Moon Comes, download our podcast or click the 'Listen' button above.