Youth hockey team captain among 14 dead in crash

Tyler Owen
April 8, 2018

"It's kind of your second home", a somber Stephenson said in the Capitals' locker room Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after he found out that a bus carrying a junior hockey league team in Canada had crashed, killing at least 14 people. The other fourteen people were sent to hospital with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature.

Rielly said teams like the Humboldt Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, are integral parts of the fabric of the province.

It collided with a transport truck in Saskatchewan.

The Humboldt team was scheduled to play the Nipawin Hawks in the fifth game of a best-of-seven semifinal playoff series Friday.

"Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive", he said.

An online fundraising page set up by a woman listed on social media as a Humboldt resident raised almost CAN$40,000 (US$31,000) in a matter of hours.

She said most of the players call it a home away from home, and the host families consider themselves extra parents with an added son.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for Humboldt.

"They lived in Nipawin, so I'm very familiar with that town, too, " Giles said.

The father of Logan Schatz says his 20-year-old son had played for the Humboldt Broncos for the past four years and had been the team's captain for two of those. "We're a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years".

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"There's connections everywhere it seems, it's a tight-knit family in hockey", said Chilman, who said she also knew the assistant coach of the team who was involved in the crash. "We know that the coroner and their office need to do their work and let families know".

The crash happened at about 5 p.m. Friday.

"This is a dark moment for our city, our community, our province", Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said Saturday afternoon at a news conference.

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said people there are in shock.

"It's got to rip the heart out of your chest", said Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon.

The team's play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieberw, who was travelling with the Broncos onboard the bus, was also killed.

STARS air ambulance has confirmed that they sent three helicopters to the scene.

The Broncos are "in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", team president Kevin Garinger said in a statement. Condolences and tributes soon poured in across social media, including from his sister on Twitter.

"From a grieving province, thank you to every one of the first responders and medical professionals for your courageous response under the most hard circumstances imaginable". It's open to North American-born players from the ages of 16 to 20.

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