Saskatchewan junior hockey teams get mental health fund after Broncos crash

Saskatchewan junior hockey teams get mental health fund after Broncos crash

Ronald Pratt
April 10, 2018

Carter Seminuk, who recently played for the junior hockey team, said being a Humboldt Bronco meant everywhere he went in the city, someone would recognize him as a player and shake his hand or talk to him.

A GoFundMe page was created for the affected players and their families on Friday by the mother of a former Broncos teammate with an initial target of $10,000.

Flags are flying at half-staff in communities across the Peace Region this morning in a show of sympathy and solidarity with the victims of last Friday's tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos.

"If we didn't have a game that night, some of our players would have been with them", coach Eric Ditto added.

"But as we looked at who we thought was Parker Tobin, the mom - so imagine, the mom and dad and the brother, they don't know that they're not looking at their own boy, that he's so severely cut and hurt that they actually think it's possibly their boy", MacLean said in the interview aired on Rogers stations.

Fifteen people were killed when the bus collided with a tractor-trailer around 5 p.m.

When it came, it was devastating: 15 people - including players, the team's coach, radio announcer, team statistician and bus driver - had been killed, and more than 14 were injured, several critically. Machiskinic's family had questioned whether foul play might have been involved in her death.

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The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks paid tribute to the Humboldt team by wearing jerseys with the word Broncos across their name plates.

Adam Herold, a few days shy of his 17th birthday, was the youngest to die in the crash. The team was traveling to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

"We've been trying to spend as much time together as we can as a team", 21-year-old captain Anthony Radke said on Sunday.

Sam-Jaxon Visscher, who was the Broncos' goalie until he was traded in January, said the players had bleached their hair for the playoffs to reflect the team's colours of green and gold.

"The team, in support of each other, as many teams do, had dyed their hair blond as sort of a unity thing", he told StarMetro in a later phone interview. They made a tradition of playing road hockey at the annual festival, Play On, at the West Edmonton Mall.

"Definitely tough. It's going to be hard to jump on a bus again", said Walchuck.

"Because the community funds the team, so we would give back every inch that we could as a payback for everything".