The scene of a deadly bus crash on a Saskatchewan highway is seen in
08 April, 2018, 01:43
"We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision", The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a release early Saturday.
The incident occurred on Friday at 5pm local time, when a semi-trailer collided with the team bus in Canada's Saskatchewan province.The Humboldt Broncos were travelling to a match against the Nipawin Hawks. Tributes poured in online for father of two young sons who was described as an awesome mentor to players.
"Words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight", Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said on Facebook. "He will always be a great man in our hearts".
On Saturday morning, Nipawin was quiet. As this situation develops, we'll be sure to keep you updated here at Puck Prose. Everything from weddings to funerals to gatherings to hockey games - this is where it all happens in the community. The relationship between the two is unclear.
Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, said people are in shock. Gomercic played two seasons with Pistons from 2014-16. The team was traveling to a game in Nipawin at the time of the accident.
While Dyck acknowledges he would have been justified in kicking him off the team, he's grateful Haugan made a decision to give him a second change. "There's not a lot we can do". The year that Haugan chose to take a chance on Dyck, Dyck says he wound up winning goalie of the year in his league.
A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been established for the players, coaches and their families. The Humboldt group took the Swift Current Broncos up on their offer of an affiliation between the Western Canada Hockey League Broncos and a new junior-A club.
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In a profile published on the team's website in January, Schatz paid tribute to Joseph and fellow linemate Conner Lukan.
"As a couple hours went down the road there was a smell of smoke out the back".
The team had been scheduled to play the Nipawin Hawks on Friday night.
Opp said a semi T-boned the players' bus, adding that the coaching staff and players from the Hawks are waiting to help.
"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this disgusting tragedy", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement. "I'm hoping one day, maybe, my kid will be riding buses as well and it makes you sick to your stomach that something can happen", said Flames alternate captain Troy Brouwer, a graduate of the WHL's Warriors.
"It's part of the fabric of our league and our business and the whole development of hockey and it's accepted", said Davis.