Dead in Canadian Bus Crash Involving Junior Hockey Team

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The Broncos were scheduled to play the Nipawin Hawks in the fifth game of their playoff series on Friday night, but the Hawks Facebook page announced the game was canceled due to the accident involving the Broncos team bus.

A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow.

The injured people, who have been rushed to a hospital, are in critical conditions.

Police say there were 29 people on the bus, which was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Jaxon Joseph, 20 - whose father Chris Joseph is a retired National Hockey League player - was on board a Saskatchewan junior team's bus that crashed Friday after a collision with a transport truck.

"Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive", he said. "Tonight, we must all pray for these families". "It is sort of every parent's worst nightmare", he said.

"You start recalling the bus rides that you took across Canada to play hockey games - about all the junior players that are still traveling by bus in Canada and the United States, " Giles said.

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Trump said in a tweet Saturday afternoon that he had spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "to pay my highest respect and condolences" to relatives of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

"We're a really small community, and all of us here in Humboldt are definitely somehow connected to the team", Kellington told paNOW.

Garinger, who has one of the players living in his home, said they still don't know his fate.

Meanwhile, Canadian airline West Jet said Saturday it is putting larger planes on four flights scheduled for Sunday between Calgary and Saskatoon to help families affected by the tragedy.

"Some of them get homesick for a while, especially if they're young at 17 or 18 years of age, but most of the time they fit in to your families and just become part of you". A number of Stephenson's close friends are from his junior league hockey days, he said, relationships that were strengthened by travel and community support.

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, said he knows players on the team.

"The biggest thing is, we just gotta support that community right now because they're going to be needing it".

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The STARS Air Ambulance service said two of its helicopters flew to the scene.

The crash happened at about 5 p.m. Friday.

McAvoy said the bus trips are "honestly one of my favourite parts of playing hockey".

The team's play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieberw, who was travelling with the Broncos onboard the bus, was also killed.

"Laureen and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took place in Saskatchewan".

"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", Broncos team president Kevin Garinger said in a statement.

The Swift Current Broncos also shared their condolences.

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"He will always be a great man in our hearts", his sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne. "From a grieving province, thank you to first responders and medical professionals for courageous response under the most hard circumstances imaginable".