Vigil planned tonight at home arena of Humboldt Broncos

by Steven Clarke April 9, 2018, 1:25
Vigil planned tonight at home arena of Humboldt Broncos

Fourteen were killed and another 15 injured when the bus carrying the Broncos was involved in a collision with a truck on Highway 35 while en route to Nipawin for a playoff game.

"Everybody's distraught. The whole hockey community will grieve this for a long time", Bob Beatty, the Broncos' former head coach, said from Vancouver Island.

As of this writing, more than $560,000 has been raised by more than 8,000 people in 14 hours.

The team's management has been made the beneficiary and will collect and distribute the funds. One tribute included a Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner box, which was a favorite meal of deceased forward Evan Thomas. "We had a special bond from the day you were born".

The team was on its way to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan at the time of the crash.

Police have yet to identify the names of the dead, however, friends and families are confirming them.

At least 15 people were killed when the tractor-trailer collided with the team bus. RCMP said he was briefly in custody after the accident but has since been released. "We've been through so much together".

"We've had a lot of young men go through the house". He is said to have been provided "mental health and wellness assistance". Fifteen survivors were taken to hospitals, with three of them in critical condition, police said.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed.

The intersection where the accident occurred has stop signs and flashing lights.

Kellington has a son that used to play for the Broncos Bantam A team, so the hockey family is close to her heart.

It also brought Canadians to tears in a country where hockey is a way of life.

The air inside the Humboldt Broncos' home arena feels heavy, grief as suffocatingly thick as the silence blanketing the usually raucous stands.

"We're all hurting", said hockey arena cook Diane Sawatzky.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their huge loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

On Friday, the town of Humboldt was preparing for a big game.

"Our lives will never be the same again", he said.

With players who billet by local families, work in city businesses and attend local schools, MacLEAN said the tragedy touches every corner of Humboldt. "They just become part of your family".

One of the young men who died, among those who haven't been officially identified by RCMP, lived with him previous year.

"They lost them all", Mattock said.


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