Unthinkable tragedy occurred Friday night as the RCMP has confirmed the deaths of 15 people after the bus of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Humboldt Broncos crashed en route to a playoff game.
The other 14 people on the bus were injured, according to the Canadian Press.
Post-season results in junior leagues across Western Canada immediately took a backseat to those affected by the tragedy.
Social media posts about goals, saves, and scores were mostly replaced with those offering thoughts, prayers, and tributes for the Broncos. These offerings came from all over the hockey — and sports — world, including from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
These are some of the most impactful mentions from one of the worst moments in hockey history — starting with the sister of coach-GM Darcy Haugan.
Please contact my mom or let any other families involved who need a place to stay or help in Saskatoon. #hockeyfamily
— Colby Armstrong (@armdog) April 7, 2018
The news of Friday’s crash brought back terrible memories in Swift Current, Sask.
On Dec. 30, 1986, four Swift Current Broncos players — Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka, and Brent Ruff — were killed when their team bus slid off an icy Trans-Canada Highway road.