15 die in bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

10 April, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Sheri Evans
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RCMP said the collision occurred late Friday afternoon.

The president of the Canadian junior hockey team, Humboldt Broncos, on Saturday referred to the accident in which 15 people were killed as "a tragedy" which is "unprecedented and overwhelming".

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

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

"It's just a jumbled mess right now", Johnson said, "it's disbelief, it's something beyond a nightmare, and just trying to put pieces back together and do what we can to help the Humboldt Broncos".

Humboldt mayor Rob Munch said the tragedy had been overwhelming for the town of about 6,000 people. It is unknown what conditions they are in.

The team was headed to play in Game 5 of a playoff series against the Nipawin Hawks.

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 National Hockey League.

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. Humboldt is no exception, and today the country and the entire hockey community stands with you".

Several professional hockey teams and Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also offered their condolences.

Thomas said often the time spent on the bus as a team is very enjoyable, and a big part of the experience.

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15 die in bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

"I think one thing that we underestimate with the impact of trauma and PTSD and going through things like this is the magnitude of the impact", he said.

US President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that he had spoken with Trudeau "to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the bad Humboldt Team tragedy".

Tom Straschnitzki said his son Ryan is in hospital in Saskatoon with a serious back injury, and told his father that he can't feel his legs. "I am freaking out". He said he was with his team Friday evening when they heard the awful news.

"Sheldon Kennedy, a former National Hockey League player who survived the Swift Current crash more than three decades ago, urged people to refrain from sharing information online that wasn't confirmed".

Mr Opp said: "There's uncles and moms and dads waiting to hear whether their sons and nephews are OK".

More than a hundred people have gathered at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin.

'Some of the families have gotten information and have gone to be with their kids.

'It's bad. It's absolutely awful'. "Our whole team here, we are just numb". As the calls were coming in and they were talking about all the kids they've coached over the years that are playing on that team, I can't even imagine being a parent or the wife or the kids at home and going through something like this.

In December 1986, a Saskatchewan team with the name "Broncos" was involved in a highway crash. killing four members of the Western Hockey League team.

A doctor compared the bus and truck crash to an airstrike.

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