“Then he’d go down to the post office, see who’s name and pictures are there.And then he went on with his daily life.” In the summertime, that meant a walk to the ball diamond to watch the kids play, where Elgar could also volunteer his time.When Humboldt proposed renaming the arena, and asked its citizens to put forward the names, they didn’t go with the obvious choice of a local legendary player—like Humboldt-native and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee “Mr.
“He was always saying: “Yes, Doc.” Death was part of Elgar’s daily life in Humboldt; he lived across the street from a funeral home.
“His routine was to go across the street, go inside and see who’s on the obit card,” says Mike Schlosser, a close friend.
Elgar, who has an intellectual disability, would show up early to the rink to tidy up the dressing rooms for the arriving players, and stay late at night until the laundry was done for the following day.
“I never heard him say ‘no.’ I never heard him complain,” Henning adds.
As mobility by foot started to slow, his hearing began to fail him.
He stopped travelling with the team during Brockman’s last season with the Broncos in 2013.
Long before anyone was fully aware of the detrimental effects of concussions, Brockman remembers taking a big hit, being knocked out unconscious and coming to in the Broncos locker room moments later.
“I was lying down in the dressing room and remember waking up with this guy over me with smelling salts trying to wake me up.” It was Elgar. Your team needs you.’” When the Broncos moved to the newly-minted Uniplex, Elgar’s short walk to the old rink turned into a 2-km trek by foot, a trip made all the much longer by people driving by and stopping to say “hi.” “He wouldn’t take ride from anybody,” Schlosser says. With all the walking he did, I’m sure he froze his legs lots.” Brockman returned to Humboldt in 1997 as an assistant coach for the Broncos, and quickly learned about Elgar’s love for pranks.
“There’d be so many people who would stop and ask if he wanted a ride. On one road trip to play in Kindersley, Brockman remembers, “we got off the bus, Elgar looked at me and said ‘we forgot our jerseys.’ So I have to take that walk of shame to the other team to see if they have any extra jerseys for us.” After Brockman made the embarrassing ask, he went back into the Broncos dressing room to ask Elgar if he could help him carry the other team’s extra jerseys they were willing to lend.
Instead, Brockman walked inside “and all our jerseys were hung up,” he says.
The SJHL Humboldt Broncos, as well as the coaching staff, made a special trip to Cudworth on Nov. The team also had lunch and visited with other residents of the Cudworth Nursing Home.