Sometimes a tragedy occurs that is so horrific that it’s hard to put thoughts into words. Sadly, one of those tragedies has occurred again.
Today, we mourn the unimaginable loss of 15 people after a bus crash in Saskatchewan.
The crash, as most of us already know, involved the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey team the Humboldt Broncos and left 15 deceased and 14 injured. The team was on their way to Nipawin to face the Nipawin Hawks in the post-season.
29 people were on the bus when it crashed about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale.
The team included 24 players ranging in age from 16 to 21. Head coach Darcy Haugan was among the dead.
“Our thoughts are with the players, families, coaches, team management and all those throughout the community that have been affected by the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday. “The NHL mourns the passing of those who perished and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they all love.”
“This tragedy has hit a number of people, not just us but I think everybody can relate to this experience,” said Humboldt Broncos Rob Muench. “Throughout Canada we see teams going out into the Canadian winters on buses all the time and it’s always a thought in parents and fans minds about what can happen and unfortunately has happened here.”
“It’s such a tragedy,” said Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak. “You can’t really put it into words. It was hard to sleep last night. I can’t imagine what everyone is going through in Saskatchewan. Obviously you just send your love and hope for the best and pray for the people involved. Saskatchewan is a great community. They’ll rally together and do the best they can.”
“I can’t even imagine being a parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this,” Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said. “The hockey world is an unbelievable world but you can’t make up for loss, you just can’t, it rips the heart out of your chest. We pray for those families and are thinking about them. I don’t know what else you say, it’s a horrific, horrific accident. Tough day.”
There is a GoFundMe page that is collecting donations and as of press time it has about $1.7 million of its $2 million goal. You can find that page by clicking here.
We here at HockeyDraft.ca join the rest of Canada and the hockey world in mourning. We send our thoughts to the Humboldt Broncos communities and all those affected. And we join with our country’s hockey family to offer support and compassion.