Bus carrying Canadian junior hockey team involved in fatal crash

Georgia Reed
April 10, 2018

"He always had a smile on his face".

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which confirmed the toll had risen from 14 to 15, did not say how numerous victims were players or coaches of the Humboldt Broncos team, which hails from a town of 6,000 people. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said the tractor-trailer, traveling west on Highway 335, collided with the bus which was traveling north on Highway 35.

Three people are in critical condition. Authorities have not identified the victims and would not confirm whether they were players or coaches. Twenty-nine people were on the bus. He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.

"Our investigators will be looking at all aspects of this accident to determine what took place", Zablocki said.

"It's a disgusting accident, my God, " said Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks hockey team.

The team was on its way to the city of Nipawin for a game when the crash happened.

Logan Schatz, a 20-year-old team captain and Saskatchewan native, was also killed, his father, Kelly Schatz, told The Canadian Press.

The Saskatchewan league is a feeder system for higher levels of hockey, with many graduating to play at USA and Canadian colleges and major junior league level, while some go on to the professional National Hockey League (NHL).

- Metro News Canada (@MetroNewsCanada) April 7, 2018Tyler Bieber, 29, Humboldt, SK.

A statement from Mr Garinger was published on the club's website.

After the recent success of the U.S. women's hockey team, some in our area are trying to encourage female participation in ice hockey.

15 members of a Canadian junior league hockey team were killed when their bus collided with a semi.

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Humboldt players range in age from 16 to 21, according to an online team roster.

Garinger said parents were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy.

News of the mistake comes a day after a solemn vigil was held at the team's home arena, where thousands gathered to remember the deceased.

Expressions of support poured in, much of them focused on a Twitter photo that showed three injured players grasping each other's hands while lying in hospital beds.

A GoFundMe campaign for affected players and their families had raised more than $1.1 million, fast approaching its $2 million goal by Saturday afternoon.

In communities across rural Saskatchewan, such hockey venues are important focal points for locals, whether it be parents chatting in the stands during their children's early morning practices, fans gathering to cheer on their local champions, or adult part-timers squeezing in a friendly game after work.

Last Friday, a horrific accident took the lives of 15 people, including several young hockey players.

Four members of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League died in a 1986 crash in the western province, CBC reported.

Cam Talbot, 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".

The bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos has been involved in a serious crash with an 18-wheeler enroute to their game against the Nipawin Hawks.

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. All I can do is offer our sincerest apologies, our sincerest condolences and sympathies, in particular to the Tobin family on the news that they would have received".

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