Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Crash Involving Junior Hockey League Team in Canada Claims Multiple Lives

Crash Involving Junior Hockey League Team in Canada Claims Multiple Lives

The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to play a semifinal game against the Nipawin Hawks when the collision occurred.

At least 15 people were killed and 14 others injured when the bus, transporting the Humboldt Broncos, crashed late on Friday. He said, pausing for several seconds as he began to cry.

An official with the Nipawin team told the Canadian Press that the Broncos' bus was T-boned by the semi. Broncos players ranged in age from 16 to 21, per the team's roster.

"I don't know what that support will look like yet, but it's something we didn't hesitate about", he said.

The junior league team is based in Humboldt, a small city about 120 miles south of Nipawin with a population of almost 6,000 people. It is unknown what conditions they are in.

I am a resident of Humboldt, Saskatoon and have a son that played for the Broncos Bantam A team just this past season.

The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

What is clear, though, is that a great many families, a hockey league and a community are reeling from an nearly unfathomable tragedy. A number of the players were from communities in surrounding provinces and across the country.

The news sent shockwaves through the hockey-loving nation, with condolences pouring in from former hockey players, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and others. "You keep track of them from the time they leave through their marriages, through their families and babies being born, through their careers", said Chilman. "The same thing could happen to us".

"I'm just really trying to get a grasp on what's happened, and slowly come to grips and to terms with it", said Peter Soberlak, "and I think that's what most people in Saskatchewan will be doing today, is just really trying to absorb what this means and the impact it's going to have for a long time".

A spokesman from the Edmonton Oilers said the team will hold a moment of silence before the game on Saturday, April 7.

Joseph, who's former National Hockey League goaltender Chris Joseph's son, played centre for the Broncos. "I am freaking out". "They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news", he said Friday.

"You are losing your teammates and your friend".

Sportsnet also reported that in the first 17 hours of the campaign, people raised more than $1 million.

Pastor Jordan Gadsby at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin said more than 100 people had gathered at the church.

"There's uncles and moms and dads waiting to hear whether their sons and nephews are OK", he said.

'It's bad. It's absolutely awful'.

'Some of the families have gotten information and have gone to be with their kids.

The tragedy is a awful echo of what Soberlak went through with his Swift Current Broncos teammates in 1986, when Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka and Brent Ruff were killed after the Western Hockey League team's bus hit a patch of black ice and careened off the highway. Multiple crisis workers were assisting in a separate arena following the horrific bus crash. I don't know them, gone and alive, but I know what they are.

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