After such a devastating bus crash that took the lives of 16 people at the beginning of April, there is some beautiful light for the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and their friends and fans, as they are taking steps to be ready for the start of next season.
It has been announced that the Humboldt Broncos are planning to ice a team for the 2018-19 season, the team revealed in a stunning press release.
“It’s exciting — it’s kind of a relief — but it’s also something that comes with very mixed emotions,” Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger said Friday.
Beginning this coming week, the Broncos will be recruiting a head coach and general manager to replace Darcy Haugan, who was one of 16 people to die in the April 6 crash that saw the team’s bus collide with a semi-trailer truck while on their way to a playoff game in Saskatchewan. Thirteen other people were injured in the crash.
“Darcy Haugan was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community.” said Garinger in a statement. “He was the coach every player wanted, and that other coaches wanted to emulate.”
“As a general manager, Darcy made smart decisions and was driven to ensure the Broncos organization succeeded in every aspect of its operations. He took our team to new heights – it will be incredibly difficult to find someone that can rise to his standards.”
There will be another important part in the process from May 25 to May 27 when the Broncos will hold an invite-only camp in Saskatoon. Eighty prospective players are expected to attend the camp, which will be closed to the public and the media.
It remains to be seen whether any of the players injured in the crash will be back with the team next season.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team also added that season tickets for 2018-19 will go on sale soon.
The team ended the beautiful press release with this moving statement:
“The Humboldt Broncos remain committed to supporting everyone who has been impacted by the tragic event of April 6, 2018. Together we will move forward, #HumboldtStrong.”
What a great show of courage and determination.