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Former York Lions player among victims killed in Saskatchewan bus crash

Former York Lions player among victims killed in Saskatchewan bus crash

Hockey-mad Canada was in mourning on Saturday after a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided with a semi-trailer truck in Saskatchewan province, killing 14 people.

The North American hockey community was struggling to come to terms Saturday with the vast sorrow being felt following the horrific crash of a Canadian junior hockey team's bus that killed 15 people.

"We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision", The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a press release early Saturday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "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".

Gadsby said they know there are multiple fatalities, but they haven't heard how many.

"Every day hockey teams, players, scouts and parents are on the road heading to arenas everywhere, so this impacts everyone and these young men and the Humboldt Broncos will be forever remembered", Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, told NHL.com. "No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back".

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, Alberta, said her 18-year old son Ryan was transported to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The team, part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was scheduled to play a semi-final match.

Golden West Radio said in a statement that he was being mentored by Tyler Bieber, the team's play-by-play announcer who was also killed in the Friday crash at a highway intersection in east-central Saskatchewan.

The driver, who was unscathed, was allowed to go free while the RCMP investigate the cause of the crash, Zablocki told reporters.

The Junior A-level Broncos were en route to Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when their bus was reportedly T-boned by a semi-truck. Billeting families are a large part of junior hockey, with players spending years with host families.

It happened more than 200 km northeast of Saskatoon.

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"The images can't be unseen or forgotten, the stories can't be unheard or ignored".

President Donald Trump said Saturday he spoke with Trudeau to "pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the bad Humboldt Team tragedy".

Hayley Wickenheiser, a player from the Canadian women's hockey team, in addition to the Western and Saskatchewan Hockey Leagues and Premier Rachel Notley are among the many who have given condolences to friends and families of the team.

"It's a special championship for the program", 8th-year head coach Scott Sandeli said, sitting next to Young and seniors Karson Kuhlmam and Jared Thomas during the news conference.

"This tragedy has rocked the Prairie and our entire country", Notley wrote. "I can't even imagine being a parent [of one of the victims]".

Though every player in the Leafs room rode a bus for team trips during the formative stages of his hockey career, the tragedy was especially hard for those with Saskatchewan roots or ties, including coach Mike Babcock, Rielly, and forwards Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau. I have a lot of great memories of times spent on buses, and you never really have that in the back of your mind.

Forward Logan Hunter and defensemen Stephen Wack, Adam Herold and Xavier Labelle were also among the dead, according to family members and others.

They ask fans to donate to a fund to help the families of the victims.

"2night my heart is in Humboldt", tweeted Anaheim Ducks NHL defenseman Steven Oleksy.

The Broncos' 2017-2018 roster lists Joseph as playing centre for the team and from Edmonton.


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