Vigil planned tonight at home arena of Humboldt Broncos


Authorities have not identified the victims and would not confirm whether they were players or coaches. The Broncos were about 20 minutes away from their destination at the time of the crash.

For numerous young hockey players involved in a crash with the Humboldt Broncos' team bus, the small Saskatchewan town was a home very far away from home.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there were 28 people on the bus when the crash happened on Friday afternoon. The driver is being provided with mental health and wellness assistance. "It's too early to comment on the cause of the collision".

Ryan Straschnitzki, 18, suffered a broken back, his mother told CTV News Channel on Saturday. "We will be flying out tomorrow", Michelle Straschnitzki said on Facebook regarding her son.

"I just felt like I had to go donate".

It collided with a transport truck in Saskatchewan.

The tractor-trailer would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway that the hockey bus was travelling on.

Conner Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake played with the midget St. Albert Raiders and Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Broncos a year ago.

"This isn't about Humboldt, it's not even about Saskatchewan; it's about Canada and our world". "It is sort of every parent's worst nightmare", he said.

"Your heart breaks for the families, the billets, the people involved". So was the Humboldt Broncos statistics keeper, Brody Hinz.

"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 terrible tragedy", Broncos President Kevin Garinger said.

Team president Kevin Garinger says that while the junior hockey team's season is over, the organization wants to ensure the crash does not mark the end of the franchise.

Matthew Gourlie, a sports writer with the DUBNetwork, told CTV News Channel that the team is a source of pride in the tight-knit community.

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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.

Humboldt mayor Rob Muench in the Broncos team jersey.

Haugan was one of many former hockey players that Chilman kept in touch with after hosting.

A vigil has been planned for Sunday at the arena, where counsellors are now meeting with the devastated community. Afterwards, Stroman said he would be auctioning his cap and donating the proceeds to the Broncos.

A GoFundMe campaign for the team has been set up and has already raised more than $2.6 million as of Saturday night.

After a few hours of the clinic's opening, people saw wait times of up to three hours.

"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", Trudeau tweeted.

Jared Heidinger, a former teacher of Boulet and family friend, also took to social media to share his memories of Boulet.

"First responders are on the scene doing everything possible to help".

"Tonight, we all must pray for these families".

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said what he'd been told about the collision was hard to comprehend.

The tragedy brought to mind an accident in 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.