Multiple deaths reported after junior hockey team bus, truck crash in Canada

Multiple deaths reported after junior hockey team bus, truck crash in Canada

Lindsey Duncan
April 8, 2018

Canadian police say 14 people were killed in a bus crash involving a junior hockey team in western Canada.

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

Coach Darcy Haugan, captain Logan Schatz, 20, and players Adam Herold, 16, Logan Hunter, 18, Jaxon Joseph, 20, and Stephen Wack, 21 as well as play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber, who was travelling with the team, has also been confirmed dead.

Pastor Jordan Gadsby at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin said more than a hundred people have gathered at the church - including parents and grandparents of the players who were on the bus.

Broncos president Kevin Garinger stated: "Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this awful tragedy".

A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations for the families of the victims and had already raised over $1 million by early Saturday afternoon.

The team president said parents from across Western Canada were rushing to the scene as they struggle to cope with the tragedy.

The latest update from Nipawin RCMP says they "are continuing rescue efforts after a semi-trailer unit collided with a passenger bus carrying members of a hockey team".

"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this bad tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Trudeau tweeted. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive".

His wife Christina George-Haugan confirmed his death to The Canadian Press.

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One mother, Michelle Straschnitzki, posted on Facebook that her son was in the hospital.

The Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper published on its website a photo of one player who survived, Derek Patter, lying side by side with two other injured players on hospital beds, clasping each others' hands in support.

Rescue officials said that three ambulance helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

Darren Opp, president of the Hawks, said the semi T-boned the Humboldt players' bus. "The news is truly heartbreaking, not only for the entire hockey world, but for an entire community of parents, family and friends".

"Thoughts going out to everyone affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tonight", Severson wrote on Twitter.

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

"I think one thing that we underestimate with the impact of trauma, and PTSD, and going through things like this, is the magnitude of the impact", he says.

-With more than 600,000 registered players in a population of 37 million, hockey is more than Canada's national sport. It's got to rip the heart out of your chest.

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, who was one of the players on the bus in 1986, also sent a message of support. "Please continue to pray for his Humboldt family".