Multiple fatalities after truck collides with Canadian junior hockey team bus

Canada: 14 dead after junior hockey team bus collides with truck

Established in 1970, The Humboldt Broncos are an ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, tweeted his condolences to the families affected by the tragedy amid an outpouring of grief on social media.

At least 15 people are dead after a crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey league team, a tragedy that struck at the heart of a tightknit city in rural Saskatchewan and immediately echoed through the hockey world and beyond.

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 the dead.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix said 14 more were injured - including three critically - in Friday's accident involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus. The players, ages 16 to 21, are mainstays at community fundraisers, hospitals and senior citizen homes. "It seems like a bus is always tied to junior hockey".

"Every day hockey teams, players, scouts and parents are on the road heading to arenas everywhere, so this impacts everyone and these young men and the Humboldt Broncos will be forever remembered", Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, told NHL.com.

A total of 14 others were injured. Many gathered at the community center at the hockey arena there after word of the horrific crash began to circulate.

An official GoFundMe to benefit the players and families affected by the crash was established Friday night and as of 9 p.m.

Muench said it will take a long time for Humboldt to recover.

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"We have to have conversations with the Humboldt organization".

Kellington said she joined other community members at the Humboldt Uniplex Friday night, where support was offered and shared.

John Smith said Herold played for the Canadians until just a few weeks ago and, when their season wrapped up, he was sent to the Broncos for their playoff round. "To find out that it was their first responders that aided our boys just warms your heart".

"I told our guys, 'We're playing for the purity of the game, for the love of the game tonight, ' " Gulutzan said.

We now know there were 15 fatalities confirmed out of the 29 passengers. "I am freaking out".

"We just need to try to support each other as we deal with this incredible loss to our community, to our province, to our hockey world". I have a lot of great memories of times spent on buses, and you never really have that in the back of your mind.

The Broncos, like other teams in the league, attract players from different parts of Canada who stay with host families during the hockey season, the team's website said.

"I've reached out to especially those [players] in Saskatchewan", he said.

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

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