Fourteen killed in crash involving Canadian junior ice hockey team


At least 14 people were killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team on Friday in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

The Broncos were traveling to Game 5 of their Canalta Cup semifinal playoff series Friday night in Nipawin.

The SJHL is a second-tier junior league comprising players between the ages of 16 and 21.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench, wearing a green and yellow Broncos team jersey, hugged people on Saturday morning as they came to the Elger Petersen Arena in the Saskatchewan town to comfort each other and learn more.

Opp said a semi T-boned the players' bus, adding that the coaching staff and players from the Hawks are waiting to help.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their huge loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

We pray for those families and think about them, and I don't know what else you say.

Names of the dead haven't all been released pending notification of family members this morning, but more and more news is trickling in via social media, and the reports are all very, very grim.

'It's a terrible accident, my God, ' Hawks executive Darren Opp said in remarks reported by CTV.

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.

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The RCMP hasn't released many details about the crash.

'Some of the families have gotten information and have gone to be with their kids.

"Lots of them are waiting for information", he said.

'Words can not describe the loss that we feel tonight, ' wrote Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in a Facebook post. "From a grieving province, thank you to first responders and medical professionals for courageous response under the most hard circumstances imaginable". Josh is now a member of the FWAA and USBWA.

"Words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight".

Gadsby said he has a spare room and guest house available for those impacted by the deadly crash.

A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for the victims. Honest condolences to families and friends of the victims.

"In Saskatchewan, every community is fairly small, so everybody knows everybody", said Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau, a Saskatchewan native. She said the funds raised will be given directly to the Broncos' management, in order to ensure all of the money reaches the families.

The Broncos were to hold a news conference Saturday afternoon to update the tragedy.