Sports 'It's got to rip the heart out of your chest': Babcock on Humboldt

20:55  07 april  2018
20:55  07 april  2018 Source:   leaderpost.com

Humboldt Broncos bus involved in highway crash

  Humboldt Broncos bus involved in highway crash A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos has been involved in a crash north of Tisdale. The collision, which RCMP said was a “serious” crash, happened on Highway 35 about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, near the junction of Highway 335.The Nipawin Hawks, which were supposed to meet the Broncos in Game 5 of their SJHL semifinal series on Friday night, said on Facebook the game was cancelled.“The accident being talked about involved Humboldt team bus. We ask during this time that you don’t send messages. When more information is given we will update,” the Hawks posted on Friday evening.

"I know that road pretty good," Babcock said of Highway 35, not far from where he grew up. He added that he spoke with a friend of his, "a fireman in Saskatoon," who had coached some of the Broncos players in the past. " It ' s got to rip the heart out of your chest .

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has driven that stretch of Highway 35 in rural Saskatchewan more times than he cares to remember. He struggled to find words and once he found them, he struggled even harder to get them out .

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had tears in his eyes Saturday morning when he opened his pre-game news conference by speaking about Friday’s horrific bus crash involving a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan.

The crash killed 14 people, including the Humboldt Broncos’ head coach and captain.

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

Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon, says he feels for the families, adding “it’s got to rip the heart out of your chest.”

Toronto defenceman Morgan Rielly played his junior hockey in Saskatchewan.

He says playing in the province helped him “gain appreciation for the kind of people that come from there.”

Humboldt Broncos to close GoFundMe campaign, establish memorial fund .
Humboldt Broncos President Kevin Garinger released a statement Monday detailing how the organization will manage the more than $12 million in donations received following the tragic bus accident that killed 16 people: Going forward, the Broncos' board of directors, in tandem with their legal counsel, MLT Aikins, and executives at GoFundMe.com head office, have determined that the Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe campaign will remain open for two more days to allow for any additional online donations and will then be closed and taken offline on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm MT.

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