Canadian police: Fatalities after bus crash involving junior hockey league team

by Garry Watts April 9, 2018, 0:15
Canadian police: Fatalities after bus crash involving junior hockey league team

Fourteen were killed and another 15 injured when the bus carrying the Broncos was involved in a collision with a truck on Highway 35 while en route to Nipawin for a playoff game. One tribute included a Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner box, which was a favorite meal of deceased forward Evan Thomas. The crash sent shockwaves through the team's small hometown and a country united by the national sport.

A bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, a junior league hockey team, collided with a tractor-trailer on Friday evening while they were on their way to a playoff game. Meanwhile, tributes poured in online for Darcy Haugan, a father of two who was described as an unbelievable mentor to young players.

Broncos president Kevin Garinger says the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team includes players from Edmonton, Slave Lake and Airdrie in Alberta and from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The names of all the dead and injured have not been released by police.

"We are heartbroken knowing many of those we lost had their entire lives in front of them". "There's parents, there's fans, there's friends - all they hear that there's a bus crash and there's fatalities, not knowing if it's their kid, not knowing who it is". "We have 29 lives that will never be the same". The truck's driver was among those killed.

Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side and its back portion destroyed.

The intersection where the accident occurred has stop signs and flashing lights.

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Three survivors of a deadly Canadian bus crash have been photographed holding hands in their hospital beds. NHL teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins gave money, as did hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer Hockey, which shared a link to the GoFundMe on its Twitter account.

Police said a lot of issues have to be investigated, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles. He spoke of the culture of Canadian junior league hockey - especially of the frequent long bus trips from game to game - that was familiar to so many people in Humboldt and beyond.

Mort played with Cross for four years, and said that whenever they had new players, Cross made sure they were welcomed, and that they were happy.

"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this disgusting tragedy".

Police did not say how numerous victims were players or coaches.

Before the game, a moment of silence was observed, with players from both teams standing in a circle around centre ice.

The Saskatchewan league is a feeder system for higher levels of hockey with many graduating to play at USA and Canadian colleges and major junior league level, while some go on to the National Hockey League. "They were insane in love", he said.

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