Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Killed After Junior Hockey Team's Bus Crashes In Canada

Killed After Junior Hockey Team's Bus Crashes In Canada

The tragedy was felt across Canada, where hockey is the dominant sport and many young players take long bus rides to tournaments.

The hockey community is still coming to terms with a tragic crash in Saskatchewan that killed 15 people on board a junior hockey bus.

RCMP have said 14 others on the bus were injured - three are in critical condition.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a statement supporting the team and the Humboldt community.

"We don't know who has passed and we don't expect to know right away", he said.

"Every day hockey teams, players, scouts and parents are on the road heading to arenas everywhere, so this impacts everyone and these young men and the Humboldt Broncos will be forever remembered", Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, told NHL.com. "We will be flying out tomorrow", Michelle Straschnitzki said on Facebook regarding her son. Broncos players ranged in age from 16 to 21, per the team's roster.

The lorry and bus collided on Friday at around 17:00 local time on Highway 35, north of Tisdale in the province of Saskatchewan.

The driver of the truck was not hurt, according to assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who spoke at a news conference Saturday afternoon.

So far, family members have confirmed that head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz, former BCHL player Jaxon Joseph and the team's play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber are among the dead.

Linus and Frances Olson were excited to watch the fifth playoff game in a series between their hometown junior hockey team, the Nipawin Hawks, and the Humboldt Broncos Friday night.

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Details of the crash have not been revealed, as police are still investigating.

The tragedy hit close to home for many around the hockey world.

Similar leagues operate throughout the country, their buses a regular feature of the vast country's highways.

US President Donald Trump also expressed sympathy for the victims' families on Twitter. "It's awful what happened, so I'm just trying to help out in any way that I can", Hodnefield said.

Two hospitals in Saskatoon city, about 250 kilometers from the crash site, received "a high volume of incoming trauma cases", the Saskatchewan Health Authority said.

Kevin Garinger, President of the Canadian junior hockey team, Humboldt Broncos, takes a minute to gather his thoughts while speaking to the media following the accident.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe retweeted a photo of one player who survived, Derek Patter, lying side-by-side with two other injured players on hospital beds, clasping each other's hands in support.

One of the victims can be seen wearing a neck brace, and all three are hooked up to drips. "We grieve with those facing news no parent or family should ever have to face". By lunchtime on Saturday it had raised more than $1 million.

"The NHL mourns the passing of those who perished and offers strength and comfort to those injured while travelling to play and be part of a game they all love", Mr Bettman said in a statement.

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