Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Canada police say 14 dead after hockey bus crash

Canada police say 14 dead after hockey bus crash

Another 15 were sent to hospital, with three in critical condition.

Authorities have not released names or details beyond that for the team and staff or for the truck driver.

STARS air ambulance has confirmed that they sent three helicopters to the scene.

Early Saturday morning, the father of Derek Patter, who survived the crash, shared an image of his son and two others "bonding and healing" in hospital.

As the country continues to mourn the deaths of 14 people killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy says he can relate to the grief people are feeling in the tragedy's wake.

Nipawin Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed the accident and said 28 people were on the bus, which was carrying a youth hockey team called the Humboldt Broncos.

"They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news", he said.

He says he was shocked to hear about the crash that still "doesn't even seem real". Our province has always been one community.

"Those guys were very entertaining to watch. Praying for all those affected by the Humbodlt Broncos tragedy", Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic said.

"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 frightful tragedy", Broncos President Kevin Garinger said.

"We were a family", a former Broncos player, Daigon Elny, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Sending all my thoughts and prayers to those impacted with the @HumboltBroncos bus crash", Kennedy wrote Friday night. "We were at the scene helping", Shumlanski said.

The Broncos were on their way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

"It's a disgusting accident, my God", he said.

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"There are casualties and it's very bad".

"You start recalling the bus rides that you took across Canada to play hockey games - about all the junior players that are still traveling by bus in Canada and the United States, " Giles said.

Jordan Gadsby of the Nipawin Apostolic Church said members of his community are coming together to support those in need. "These kids families and friends are all searching for the correct info".

A native of Regina, Toronto centre Tyler Bozak said he had difficulty sleeping after hearing the stunning news.

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said he knows players on the team.

"You can't really put into words, anything", Bozak said ahead of Saturday's regular-season finale against the Montreal Canadiens.

He also stopped by the church where families were gathering.

"Junior A is a tight-knit community and there are ties everywhere in the hockey world".

I thank the first responders - the RCMP, the Provincial Response Team, and medical personnel - who worked tirelessly through the night, and continue to respond to this incredibly hard situation with courage and professionalism.

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Former Eagles teammate Paul McAvoy said he played with Joseph for the Eagles during the 2015/2016 season and knew him as a teammate who helped them get through a tough season.

"The sad part about it is, the bus trips are the ones that are supposed to be special for the boys", said Neufeld. She said the funds raised will be given directly to the Broncos' management, in order to ensure all of the money reaches the families.

The team is expected to host a media conference at 12 p.m. PST along with the Humboldt city officials.

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