Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock fought back tears as he addressed the media on Saturday morning about the bus crash on Friday night in northeastern Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos that claimed the lives of 14 and injured several others. We mourn the passing of those who perished and please join us as we send our deepest condolences to their families in this incredibly hard time. He has four sons and said he has thought about the idea that one day they could be getting on buses for hockey trips. “When you go play Junior A, it’s usually to try to get to the NCAA in the United States”.
The players were travelling to the sixth game of their league’s semi-final series when a transport truck broadsided their bus on a rural Saskatchewan highway. Another 15 members of the team – including a player from Stony Plain as well as a third former Spruce Grove Saint – were also involved in the crash.
“Obviously, it’d be nice to know [where I’ll be next season], but this many years into pro hockey, I realize there are a lot of unknowns”, Glass said.
Western Canadian, Jaxon Joseph, has been confirmed dead in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that happened on Friday, resulting in the death of 14 passengers.
Waldbillig said the gathering will help start the grieving process for the St. Albert community, the families of those who died in the crash and the former teammates of the Broncos players. “We’re overwhelmed with the outpouring of condolences we’ve received from the province and internationally”, said Humboldt mayor Rob Muench at the press conference.
Heath officials were directing relatives of the Broncos to the Apostolic Church in the town of Nipawin.
Happy to hear he was alive after realizing the severity of the crash, she said it’s still a battle for him. We pray for those families and think of them and I don’t know what else you say.
“The hockey world is an unbelievable world”, Babcock said. “I have never seen so many emergency vehicles in such a close proximity before”, he said.
“Words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight”, Premier Scott Moe wrote on Twitter.
“We were a family”.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations for the families of the victims and had already raised over $336,000 by Saturday morning.
“The heartbreak of all the families and friends of these young men is felt from coast to coast, to the far north and beyond”. Humboldt, Sasatchewan is a small city with a population of about 6,000.
As for where the money goes, Kellington said she’s in discussions with Broncos management to have it deposited directly in the team’s account.
“Growing up playing hockey and spending a great deal of time in Saskatchewan, you gain appreciation for the kind of people that come from there”, he said.