There is a breaking news report, revealed by the Globe and Mail Calgary's bureau reporter Carrie Tait, that there has been an arrest made in Humboldt Broncos bus crash. According to Tait, while the name of the accused has not yet been released, charges are coming and the details will be made publicly available shortly.
Police are holding a news conference this afternoon, when they are expected to release more details, including the name of the accused and charges against them.
A news release indicated Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki fficer in Charge of the Major Crime Unit, Superintendent Derek Williams are set to speak at 1 p.m.
Sixteen people died and another 13 were injured after the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team’s bus — bound for a playoff game in Nipawin — collided with a tractor-trailer north of Tisdale just after 5 p.m. on April 6.
The RCMP is set to provide more information about the arrest this afternoon. RCMP say further charges, including the name of the accused, will be provided at that time.
Just recently, the Humboldt Broncos officially named former NHL defenseman Nathan Oystrick as its head coach for the 2018-19 season. Oystrick, is a Regina, Saskatchewan native and a former seventh round pick (198th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers, now Winnipeg Jets, from the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The 35 year old former blue liner played 65 games NHL games for the Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues, putting up five goals and 15 points.
While he didn’t have much NHL success, Oystrick was an AHL star, putting up 40+ points in four of his five full seasons in the world’s second best pro hockey league. Most recently, Oystrick played with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL in 2015-16 where he put up three goals and 18 points in 48 games. He’s also played internationally in the KHL with Prague Lev in the Czech Republic.
The National Hockey League has thrown the full power of their organization behind the effort to support the victims of that tragedy and as a result we have seen survivors of that awful incident at NHL games throughout the regular season and the playoffs. Most recently, 18-year-old defenseman Xavier Labelle was seen at a Vegas Golden Knights game during the Stanley Cup finals. Labelle has been recovering from multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, a concussion, nerve damage impacting the legs and left arm, internal bleeding, and several other internal injuries, and approximately 20 broken bones.
Let's hope these charges will bring some closure and not open fresh wounds for the victims and their families.