Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Canadian PM mourns 14 hockey players killed in bus crash

Canadian PM mourns 14 hockey players killed in bus crash

"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", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter late Friday.

The Calgary Flames, like the rest of the hockey world, were rocked by news of the Humboldt Broncos' bus tragedy, with RCMP confirming 15 were dead and 15 more injured after Friday's horrific highway crash in Saskatchewan.

Defencemen Adam Herold and Xavier Labelle and bus driver Glen Doerksen were confirmed as being among the dead.

The tragic crash, near the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, left 14 others on the coach injured, with three fighting for their lives in a critical condition.

It also brought Canadians to tears in a country where hockey is a way of life. ". other than the worst nightmare has happened".

Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks players meet at center ice for a moment of silence for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims before a game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 7, 2018. According to local media and the police, fourteen people were killed in the accident.

Kelly Schatz, Logan's father, says his 20-year-old son played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past 2 ½ years.

"It's a disgusting accident, my God", said Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks hockey team.

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

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Although Humboldt is two provinces away, Stebeck said that the far-flung nature of hockey means that everyone in the community is affected.

The mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench, said he spoke to Trudeau, who relayed condolences from other world leaders.

Garinger, who has one of the players living in his home, said they still do not know his fate. "A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other".

Police did not release any names, but Michelle Straschnitzki, from Airdrie, said her 18-year old son Ryan had been taken to hospital.

"He is one of the most adventurous, ambitious, and loving people that I have ever been blessed to know", she said in a Facebook post.

"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss". "I am freaking out". I have a lot of great memories of times spent on buses, and you never really have that in the back of your mind.

"Again that connection that all hockey players have together, they go through that idea of travelling as a team, being part of a team". "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive". "We've all been on those buses, on those roads and you just feel for these families because it's just a terrible situation".

"Everyone in Saskatchewan, I just want to say we're here with you guys, you're in our thoughts, you're in our prayers, and we'll do anything we can to support you through a tough time".

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