Published: Tue, April 10, 2018

Canada mourns 15 killed as junior ice hockey team's bus crashes

Canada mourns 15 killed as junior ice hockey team's bus crashes

"There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this".

A semitrailer hit the team's bus near the city of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, at 5 p.m. local time Friday, the RCMP says. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

A radio announcer who gave play-by-plays for Humboldt Broncos hockey team games is among the 14 people killed in a bus crash in northern Saskatchewan.

It was not immediately clear how many people were killed and injured.

Details about the accident are few, but it apparently involved the bus and an 18-wheeler tractor trailer. He was initially detained but was later released, and he is not now the subject of a criminal investigation.

"Our investigators will be looking at all aspects of this accident to determine what took place", Zablocki said.

The team was heading north for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League play-off game against the Nipawin Hawks.

Humboldt, a town of about 6,000, has a long tradition of fielding teams in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior "A" hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. "My deepest condolences to the Tobin family".

"And it's always a thought in parents' and fans' minds about what could happen, and unfortunately it has happened in Humboldt".

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, who the Broncos were set to play against, said: "It's a disgusting accident, my God".

The team comprises 24 players, all from Canada, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest 21. Others hail from the province of Alberta.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players' bus - an account police confirmed.

A steady stream of people arrived at Humboldt's Elgar Petersen sports arena on Saturday, consoling the grieving families and offering flowers. "We will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured". You come to the rink. what's better than that?

"We talked to him, but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on", she said.

Pastor Jordan Gadsby at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin said more than a hundred people gathered at the church.

Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for Humboldt. Counseling services for the victims' relatives were offered in a nearby room.

I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond.

Garinger said parents were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy. "May God be with them all!"

Head coach Darcy Haugan, the teams volunteer statistician Brody Hinz and teammates Logan Schatz, Adam Herold, Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Evan Thomas, are seven of the 15 confirmed fatalities in the crash along with 14 others injured.

The hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

In a country where love of the sport is nearly a religion, the crash sparked an outpouring of grief among players and fans, while national political leaders and the head of the National Hockey League expressed their sympathies. A memorial was placed at the site of the crash, about four kilometres east of Swift Current.

At the news conference, Garinger noted that the loss of life will be felt across Canada - and by the players' host families as well.

"New information came to light last night that raised questions with the health care professionals", Wilby said, adding that the information was not related to dental records. "We try to support them the same way we try to support the other families".

Penny Lee, the spokeswoman for the town of Humboldt, said grief counselors are available.

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