14 dead as junior ice hockey team's bus crashes

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The bus was driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

The RCMP had originally stated 14 fatalities but have since released a statement saying another person was killed.

"We will be working with our partner agencies to ensure families are notified as soon as possible and the appropriate supports are provided to families and others who are impacted by this extremely tragic incident".

John Smith noted that Herold played for the Regina team until just weeks ago, but was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round when the Pat Canadians' season wrapped up.

Nipawin Hawks president Darren Opp told local reporters that members of his team were also standing by waiting to help, and that he had received at least 50 phone calls offering the same.

"We just need to try to support each other as we deal with this incredible loss to our community, to our province, to our hockey world". "We will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured".

Nipawin, Saskatchewan, is about three hours northeast of Saskatoon, the Canadian province's most populous city.

"He remembers he was in the middle of the bus and then he remembers waking up when the paramedics took him off the bus", said Straschnitzki, whose son suffered a severe back injury. "The news I have heard is hard to comprehend".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight", he said.

"I can't even imagine being a parent, or the wife, or the kids at home, going through something like this", he said.

Canada shaken as 14 killed in hockey bus crash
The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau , said on Twitter that he could not imagine what the parents were going through. He said Trudeau informed him many global leaders have contacted the Prime Minister's office to extend their sorrows.

Perhaps the most famous player to hail from Humboldt, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall, said no words could convey how he felt after learning about the tragedy. "May God be with them all!" the president tweeted.

Mayor of Humboldt Rob Muench said: "It's overwhelming". The driver was detained by police but released.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the collision, Zablocki said.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation.

Lukan played with the midget St. Albert Raiders and Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Broncos previous year.

Among the dead was Jaxon Joseph, the 20-year-old son of former National Hockey League player Chris Joseph.

A spokesman from the Edmonton Oilers said the team will hold a moment of silence before the game on Saturday, April 7.

Residents of this town of less than 6,000 have been leaving flowers, team jerseys and personal tributes on the steps of the arena's entrance, forming a makeshift memorial.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets wore the name "BRONCOS" instead of their nameplates on Saturday night.

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