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The Humboldt Broncos website pays tribute to their fallen team members

The Humboldt Broncos website pays tribute to their fallen team members

The City of Humboldt Saskatchewan is still reeling after the Bus of their Junior Hockey team was involved in a collision with a Semi-Truck.

Fourteen people were injured when the bus collided with a semi-trailer at about 5 p.m. CST on Friday as the team travelled to a playoff game. Despite the dinner being an occasion to celebrate, Watkinson said the accident reminded them that anything can happen at anytime. More than a dozen other Broncos players and staff were injured. Hundreds of people, including National Hockey League (NHL) players, attended an emotional vigil on Sunday at Humboldt's Elgar Petersen Arena.

The vigil will coincide with one being held in Saskatchewan at the same time.

The campaign was one way among many that people were commemorating the team.

A photo tweeted early on Saturday showed three players holding hands while laying side-by-side in their hospital beds. "That could have been any group of kids travelling". The unspeakable tragedy has claimed the lives of 15 people so far, including at least 10 players, two coaches and other team employees.

"This is something that kids could do to feel like they're making a difference and showing solidarity with the people of Humboldt".

"Words can not express the heartbreak the families & friends of these young people are going through", the airline said in a statement.

"Losing a coach on a team like that would be not only just devastating, but sincerely heartbreaking", Stacy Davignon, coach of the Clinton Boys Varsity hockey team said.

"All the parents kind of thought it was amusing, getting us mixed up", he said.

Steinbach's Thomas Lenchyshyn played on the Steinbach Pistons with Winnipegger Matthieu Gomercic, who survived the crash.

The huge role the team plays in the connected city where "everybody knows everybody" means the loss residents are facing will have wide ripple effects, Dutton noted.

"Although reality hasn't really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and incredible coaches". But at the same time, he will remind his team that, despite the tragedy, "the bus is still a safe way to travel".

"I think it's certainly galvanized our country and galvanized the hockey community and I hate to sound stereotypical but in Canada, that's just what we do", he said.

In addition to the memorial at FJCC, the town will also fly its flags at half-mast for the next week and send letters of condolences to the team, community and families of Humboldt.

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