Former Bathurst Phantoms captain offers sympathies after Humboldt team bus crash

Broncos president Kevin Garinger says the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team includes players from Edmonton, Slave Lake and Airdrie in Alberta and from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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

A crash between a transport truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team in the province of Saskatchewan has left 14 people dead and 14 injured, according to multiple reports, citing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

There were 28 people on the bus, including the driver. Fourteen of them were killed, including the driver, and the other 14 had been taken to hospital, three of them in critical condition. According to an online team roster, players range in age from 16 to 21 and many are from Saskatchewan, with two from Humboldt.

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks. Many people wandered in and out of the arena during the morning.

The family of team captain Logan Schatz, 20, confirmed that he died in the crash.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players' bus - an account police confirmed.

Golden West Radio says in a statement that Hinz was being mentored by Tyler Bieber, the team's play-by-play announcer who was also killed in the crash Friday.

The mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench, said he spoke to Trudeau, who relayed condolences from other world leaders. "We're a really small community, and all of us here in Humboldt are definitely somehow connected to the team". "A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other".


"We are heartbroken and completely devastated by the tragedy that occurred yesterday", Garinger said.

Before the game, a moment of silence was observed, with players from both teams standing in a circle around centre ice.

Michelle Straschnitzki told the Associated Press her 18-year-old son Ryan was among the Broncos players taken to a hospital in Saskatoon.

"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 family the Broncos in shock, we are trying to cope with our incredible loss", said team leader Kevin Harring. "I am freaking out".

The 19-year-old went to Bayport High School where he played hockey and has since been living in Canada with the team for nine months.

"Being in that sort of situation before, I just knew the state of shock and the confusion that comes along with this type of tragedy", said Kennedy in a phone interview from Calgary on Saturday.

"He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate", said Thomas.

Bill Chow, the president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said, "I don't have a lot to say other than-".

"The worst part of the night was watching parents waiting for news of their kids", he said.


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