14 dead after truck hits bus carrying hockey team

14 dead after truck hits bus carrying hockey team

14 dead after truck hits bus carrying hockey team

Ice hockey teams around the world expressed shock and paid tribute on Saturday to the Canadian junior team whose bus was involved in a crash that killed at least 15 people.

Police in Saskatchewan have not released the cause of the crash in Saskatchewan, which occurred at on Highway 35 about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, about halfway into the Broncos' trip from Humboldt to Nipawin, about 265 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

Police say the 14 who survived the crash have varying degrees of injury, some critical.

Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said the driver of the semi was not hurt and was briefly detained after the crash early Friday evening.

Ten players are from Alberta with a few originally from the Whitecourt Wolverines.

So far, family members have confirmed that head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz, former BCHL player Jaxon Joseph and the team's play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber are among those dead.

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.

Victims' families, friends and supporters of the team gathered at a Nipawin church for information and support. "It is sort of every parent's worst nightmare". Players for the Broncos range in age from 16 to 21, according to the team's roster.

Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

Michelle Straschnitzki said her 18-year old son Ryan was transported to hospital.

"I figure they will know best as to what to do with the funds".

"It is a significant accident; we had a tractor-trailer and a bus collide", RCMP Inspector Ted Monro told a press conference, declining to give details about the victims. "It is going to change that city forever", said Harbinson.

"You're bonding on that bus and that's when you spend the most time together", said Damon Severson, a defenseman with the NHL's New Jersey Devils who grew up in the area.

"From the Wolverine family to the Humboldt family to the hockey world, the Wolverines are mourning along with all of them".

Community members leave notes and flowers at a memorial for the Humboldt Broncos team leading into the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt Saskatchewan, Canada Saturday.

"It's something you never forget", he said Saturday. I remember when I was a bantam when the crash that killed people on the Swift Current team happened and it is always something that has stuck in my head.

That community and the other small communities around Saskatchewan, they live for hockey, and they drive that team and players love living there, and I speak from experience.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior "A" hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

"I'm just really trying to get a grasp on what's happened, and slowly come to grips and to terms with it", said Peter Soberlak, "and I think that's what most people in Saskatchewan will be doing today, is just really trying to absorb what this means and the impact it's going to have for a long time".

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, said he knows players on the team.

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