Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Canada: 14 dead after junior hockey team bus collides with truck

Canada: 14 dead after junior hockey team bus collides with truck

For numerous young hockey players involved in a crash with the Humboldt Broncos' team bus, the small Saskatchewan town was a home very far away from home.

A bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team crashed on the way to a game Friday, killing 14 people.

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

"It's where you get to know your teammates and your team the best", Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tyler Myers said, looking back at his own experiences in junior hockey in Western Canada.

The crash happened on Highway 35 near Highway 335 as the team was headed to play the Hawks in a playoff game. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive". "Hockey is a game of freedom and joy for young people", he wrote, adding "we mourn with your families, supporters and league players".

It is every parent's worst nightmare.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, who the Broncos were set to play against, said a semi T-boned the players' bus - an account police confirmed.

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

Ruschkowski said he was close with head coach Darcy Haugan and he will be missed in the hockey community.

Garinger said all the team can do now is help the players and their families anyway they can. We send our kids to play hockey.

We pray for those families and think about them, and I don't know what else you say.

The Western Hockey League Swift Current Broncos expressed their condolences.

The mayor said he talked on the phone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who passed along condolences from world leaders. "We know that the coroner and their office need to do their work and let families know".

"Words can not describe the loss that we feel tonight", Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said on Facebook.

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"It's a great little farming town of around 6,000, and that hockey team is everything to the people, " Giles said. "The other road at that intersection, 335 ... that was just kind of a country road when I was playing in the league".

STARS air ambulance has confirmed that they sent three helicopters to the scene.

Jets centre Adam Lowry played his junior hockey in Swift Current, a city that is far too familiar with tragedy.

Connolly wondered what had happened and how safe he used to feel on buses while traveling in his junior hockey league days with the Prince George Cougars.

"Laureen and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took place in Saskatchewan".

The team's president, who was not on the bus at the time, said it was the hardest day of his life after hearing of the tragedy.

"Words can not describe the loss that we feel tonight", he said on his Twitter feed, featuring a large photo of the smiling team members in their gold and green uniforms. Edmontonian Jaxon Joseph, who formerly played for the St. Albert Raiders and is the son of former National Hockey League defensemen Chris Josep, 21-year-old defensemen Stephen Wack and 18-year-old Logan Hunter, both of St. Albert, Alta., have also died. It's open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

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