Humboldt Broncos assistant coach died in team bus crash — CP NewsAlert

Doris Richards
April 11, 2018

Hassan Masri, an emergency room doctor at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital who has done work in war-torn Syria, said the crash reminded him of an airstrike.

According to the RCMP, the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and was not in custody. Fifteen people were killed and at least 14 others injured. Rod Brind'Amour, Curtis Joseph, Ron Hextall and Chris Chelios are among the former National Hockey League stars who played in the SJHL.

Chris Joseph used to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the team expressed sadness about the news on Twitter.

"Darcy just said, 'You know, Scott, there's something about this group of kids that's special, '" he recalled. "He always had a smile on his face".

"All I can say is miracles do exist".

The 16-21 year-old hockey players wer playing for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, and were on the way to a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks in Saskatchewan when the accident occurred. The police have released no information on the driver of the tractor-trailer. Police had said earlier that three of the injured were in critical condition.

The bus was carrying 28 people, including the driver. He was detained for questioning but has since been released.

"It's a disgusting accident, my God", Opp said.

"It's too early to comment on the cause of the collision", Zablocki said.

The bus was transporting members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to a match in the town of Nipawin when it crashed en route.

The bus was en route to a play-off game against the Nipawin Hawks.

Xavier Labelle, 18, was described by his brother Isaac Labelle in an Instagram post.

"Although reality hasn't really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and wonderful coaches".


"We don't know who has passed and we don't expect to know right away", he said. Daigon Elny, a member of last year's team, told CBC, "We were a family".

The Saskatchewan league is a feeder system for higher levels of hockey, with many graduating to play at U.S. and Canadian colleges and major junior league level, while some go on to the professional National Hockey League (NHL). A radio announcer for the team had also died in the crash. Tyler Bieber worked for the Humboldt station CHBO.

At the news conference, Garinger noted that the loss of life will be felt across Canada - and by the players' host families as well.

The Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000.

Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

Canadians have rallied round the victims' families, as a GoFundMe page has been launched with $2.9 million (£1.6m) raised in less than 48 hours.

Hockey players were expected to sit on the ice together, many in uniform.

The crash happened at about 5 p.m. Friday.

For some in the region, the accident brought back memories of a similar bus crash that killed four members of another junior hockey league team from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1986.

Cam Talbot, a goalie for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League, tweeted: "After all the hours spent on a bus with the boys over the years this one really hits home".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight", he said.

The hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

President Trump also tweeted his condolences.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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