Sports Edmonton Oilers mourn victims of Humboldt Broncos bus crash

23:46  07 april  2018
23:46  07 april  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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.

Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan fought back tears Saturday morning as he talked about the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash . READ MORE: ‘Heartbroken and completely devastated’: 15 dead in Humboldt Broncos bus crash . “I’m from Saskatoon. I know Saskatchewan people well.

WATCH ABOVE: The Edmonton Oilers react to the tragic Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash and share their stories of life on the road.

A fatal crash on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan involving a semi-truck and the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team killed 14 people and injured another 14 April 6, 2018.© Global News A fatal crash on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan involving a semi-truck and the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team killed 14 people and injured another 14 April 6, 2018.

Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan fought back tears Saturday morning as he talked about the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

READ MORE: 14 dead, 15 injured after Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus collides with semi-truck

"I'm from Saskatoon. I know Saskatchewan people well. I know that Humboldt area really well.

"They're as strong as they come but they'll need our help," he said.

"I can't imagine what those families are feeling and what they're going through right now. It just won't be today. It lasts a while. They need our support. They're going to need it as soon as now. It's going to have to last for a while."

NHL, Hockey Canada release statements on Humboldt Broncos tragedy

  NHL, Hockey Canada release statements on Humboldt Broncos tragedy NHL, Hockey Canada release statements on Humboldt Broncos tragedyThe hockey world is mourning those lost in a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 14 people when a truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in northeastern Saskatchewan Friday.

Watch Below: The Edmonton Oilers react to the tragic Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash and share their stories of life on the road. READ MORE: Canadian sports tragedies from 1956 until Friday’s Humboldt crash .

Watch Below: The Edmonton Oilers react to the tragic Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash and share their stories of life on the road. READ MORE: Canadian sports tragedies from 1956 until Friday’s Humboldt crash .

READ MORE: Canadian sports tragedies from 1956 until Friday's Humboldt crash

McLellan coached the Swift Current Broncos from 1994 to 2000. That community was rocked by a tragic crash of its own in 1986, with four players losing their lives.

"Lived it and felt it. It goes on forever," said McLellan.

Oilers assistant coach Ian Herbers was playing for Swift Current when their bus crashed. He has never spoken about it publicly.

READ MORE: Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan confirmed dead in fatal bus crash

Oilers players were jolted by the tragedy as many recalled bus trips as some of the highlights of their junior careers.

"Some of my fondest memories have come on the bus. You're with all the boys and having a good time. For me, it never even came across my mind that something like that could happen," said captain Connor McDavid.

Humboldt Broncos player from Winnipeg survives deadly Saskatchewan bus crash

  Humboldt Broncos player from Winnipeg survives deadly Saskatchewan bus crash Humboldt Broncos player from Winnipeg survives deadly Saskatchewan bus crash Matthieu Gomercic's survival was a "miracle" and his injuries were minor, the friend said.

Hockey, sports world mourn Humboldt victims . Hockey world mourns Humboldt Broncos after tragic bus crash . Saturday's crash brought back memories of the Swift Current tragedy for Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan.

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"It's like a haven. It's like a safe space."

Milan Lucic played in the WHL for the Vancouver Giants, which meant many long bus trips through the Rocky Mountains.

"You feel for the families that are affected by it," said Lucic. "Those bus rides were always your safe place. Nothing like that ever crossed your mind. In the middle of winter going through the Coquihalla was dangerous at times, but we never had any close calls or anything like that.""It's just terrible," said defenceman Matt Benning. "Don't know what else to say."

Celebration of life for Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet to be held Saturday .
Celebration of life for Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet to be held SaturdayA community celebration of life will take place on Saturday afternoon for Logan Boulet, one of the 16 victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last week.

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