The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is one of 10 such Junior A leagues spread across Canada, the elite amateur tier for players 16 to 21.
Brody Hinz, 18, worked as the team statistician for the local radio station. "Continue to reach out to one another for support". His life, with so many others, was torn short on Friday when the team's bus was involved in a crash on a rural road.
The intersection in east-central Saskatchewan where the crash happened reopened to traffic shortly before noon on Sunday. "We had a player who was just 15 years old".
He said one player became an ambassador for diabetes after being diagnosed with the disease.
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The Humboldt Broncos team had been heading for a playoff game Friday night when the crash occurred on a highway near Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Nothing like this has ever happened before for the league. And yet during playoff games, like the two held against the Nipawin Hawks this past week, the arena is so full of spectators, it is standing room only, Eaton said.
After a semi-trailer collided with a passenger bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, people across the country are mourning the loss of 15 lives. "If you can give them any lifetime experiences and information, that's what we try to do". "I played in this league".
The four-year veteran of the Broncos was captain for 2 ½ years. "It's the worst day in the history of the league". There is no word on whether that will actually proceed.
"In most cases they become like one of your children or grandchildren", said Gail Chilman, a billeting co-ordinator with the Estevan Bruins, a team in the same league as the Broncos. "We've talked about it". "For the society, hockey is at the forefront for us, and we feel a connection through this". "Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this disgusting tragedy", he said.
Garinger promised that the Broncos will eventually march on. "And we will honour the souls that were lost".
Bill Chow, the president of the SJHL, called the tributes and support "absolutely overwhelming".
The assistant coach was from Strasbourgh, Saskatchewan where he was named most valuable player previous year while playing with the Maroons in the Highway Hockey League.
"My assumption was the bus was licensed through SGI", he added, "so there'll be that to deal with moving forward on that side of things". She said candles bearing the Humboldt Bronco's logo will be handed out to those in attendance.
By Saturday afternoon, there was a three-hour wait at a Saskatoon blood clinic with many people eager to donate to the victims. "They just become part of your family".
"Darcy just said, 'You know, Scott, there's something about this group of kids that's special,"' he recalled.
But on Saturday, people came to the sports complex for a far different reason: to meet with crisis counselors, commiserate and get updates on their players.