Canadian junior hockey team bus crash kills 14

Dean Simpson
April 8, 2018

"We pray for those families and think about them". "It's contained. It's where the friendships are born, the anticipation builds, the quietness of a bus after a tough loss ... all things that you go through when you're playing a sport".

"And it's always a thought in parents' and fans' minds about what could happen, and unfortunately it has happened in Humboldt".

"My entire career I've looked forward to every bus trip", tweeted Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League defenseman Steven Oleksy.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior "A" hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. "They come and play in a small town, and you're embraced by a small town, and you're the pride of a small town, and you're chasing a dream", Trotz said. Most of the others list their hometowns as being in the province of Alberta.

"The Philadelphia Flyers are devastated to learn of the tragedy involving members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior ice hockey team", Flyers president Paul Holmgren said.

"We were a family", a former Broncos player, Daigon Elny, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


In Humboldt, people showed up at the Elgar Petersen Arena to offer support, according to CNN partner CBC. Several members of hockey's elite - including more than one NHL team - also extended sympathies.

"Now I don't know what goes on now".

"Some of them get homesick for a while, especially if they're young at 17 or 18 years of age, but most of the time they fit in to your families and just become part of you".

Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

"There's connections everywhere it seems, it's a tight-knit family in hockey", said Chilman, who said she also knew the assistant coach of the team who was involved in the crash.

Public Safety and Emergency Minister, Ralph Goodale, said on Twitter, "Major motor vehicle collision in Saskatchewan tonight is truly devastating".


Prime Minster Trudeau tweeted: "I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond".

The tragedy has gained worldwide attention with U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting his own condolences Saturday afternoon.

News of the crash even reached United States president Donald Trump, who tweeted about the crash on Saturday morning.

The captain of a junior hockey team is among the 14 people killed in a bus crash in western Canada. "This is every parent's worst nightmare".

Stephenson tuned into a Canadian radio station to listen to Humboldt's mayor address the community of 5,869 Friday night, where citizens were invited to the rink and to church to grieve together. A memorial to those players was erected at the crash site in 2016.

Kelly Schatz, Logan's father, says his 20-year-old son played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past two-and-a-half years. "Our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other".


Muench said it will take a long time for Humboldt to recover. RCMP Insp. Ted Munro said rescue forts remain ongoing and that, "significant services" had been deployed to the scene, including victim services.

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