BC hockey community reeling after Sask. bus crash that killed 15

Apr 09, 2018, 01:23
BC hockey community reeling after Sask. bus crash that killed 15

Opp said the coaching staff and players from the Hawks are waiting to help. "We're devastated", said hockey club Vice President Randolph MacLEAN.

Canadian police said the truck driver, who was not hurt, was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance.

Mounties have said 14 others on the bus were injured. Fourteen survivors were still in hospital, with some in critical condition, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

As names of the deceased emerge, family members and former coaches in the province with ties to the Humboldt Broncos are sharing how kind and dedicated team members were to their sport.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix has confirmed that the deceased are head coach Darcy Haugan, assistant coach Mark Cross, driver Glen Doerksen, play-by-play broadcaster Tyler Bieber, volunteer statistician Brody Hinz, defenceman Logan Boulet, defenceman Adam Herold, right winger Logan Hunter, centre Jaxon Joseph, defenceman Xavier Labelle, left-winger Jacob Leicht, forward Conner Lukan, captain and centre Logan Schatz, right-winger Evan Thomas and defenceman Stephen Wack.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.

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.

The Broncos are a close-knit team who dyed their hair blond for the playoffs.

A candlelight and prayer vigil will be held in Ladner on Sunday evening, in solidarity with the grieving community of Humboldt, Sask.

"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 enormous loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

The community, though, will face the tragedy together.

"The honest answer is I don't know, my reasoning and theological explanations are going to seem like they fall short in every instance in a case like this", he said.

Mayor of Humboldt Rob Muench said: "It's overwhelming".

Norman Mattock, a longtime season ticket holder, said his neighbor housed player Morgan Gobeil.

Even players from elsewhere become ingrained the community, bunking in local billet families - and turning the tight-knit prairie town into a de facto home for young men from across western Canada.

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL mourned the passing of those who died "and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they loved".

"They lost them all", Mattock said.

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