Bus youth hockey team got in a bad accident, 14 dead

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Fourteen people were injured in the crash, including two critically. The team's head coach, Darcy Haugan, was among the dead.

He played for Elmira's ECHL team before moving onto pro hockey.

"I had a heavy heart all day, to be honest with you", Stroman told reporters in Arlington.

However as NHL gamers and followers appeared ahead to subsequent week's begin of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many additionally targeted on Friday's tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 15 individuals - together with 10 younger novice hockey gamers.

Granger added, "While we try and move forward as an organization and community, we will never forget April 6, 2018, and we will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured".

Pastor Jordan Gadsby at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin said more than a hundred people had gathered at the church - including parents and grandparents of the players who were on the bus.

Herold, who would have turned 17 on Thursday, played for the Regina Pat Canadians hockey team until just weeks ago, but was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round when the Pat Canadians' season wrapped up, said John Smith, the Pat Canadians' manager.

"It's small town anywhere".

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

"Our lives will never be the same again", he said.

There were also 29 people on-board the bus at the time of the crash, not 28 as previously reported.

The lorry driver was not injured in the collision and has been allowed to go free while authorities investigate the cause of the crash, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have said.

A tractor-trailer reportedly T-boned the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos Jr.

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For some in the region, the accident brought back memories of a similar bus crash that killed four members of another junior hockey league team from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1986.

"We woke up to the reality of what happened last night", Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench told Reuters.

"Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in nearly every town - small and big - across Canada".

"We're all hurting", said hockey arena cook Diane Sawatzky.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help families with expenses.

He said the vigil will be an important step in the healing process, and hundreds of people from the community are expected to attend.

"It's an energy that spreads through the town with road signs saying 'game tonight, ' tickets for sale everywhere", he said.

"I can't imagine being the parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this", Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at a press conference.

Norman Mattock, a longtime season ticket holder, said his neighbor housed player Morgan Gobeil.

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

Billeting families are a large part of junior hockey, with players spending years with host families.

"The arena is really the focal point of the community", Eaton said.

Photos from the scenes of the crash show both vehicles overturned, with the team's bus partially busted open.

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