Breaking: Humboldt Broncos player released from hospital

Finally some good news out of this tragic story. Continue to keep those fighting in your thoughts and prayers.

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According to a report from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, at least one member of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has been released from hospital.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has also confirmed the news:

Again, no word yet on the identity of the individual released from hospital. At this time we're taking the high road and opting to respect the player's and the family's privacy, as we can't possibly imagine what sort of emotions they must be going through.

In case you have somehow missed the awful events of Friday evening,  the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) were involved in a serious bus accident on Highway 35 just outside of Nipawin, SK, resulting in the death of 15 individuals, while leaving another 14 injured.

The NHL and the entire hockey world has come together over the past day and a half in a truly remarkable show of sympathy, compassion and solidarity for the individuals lost and the lives affected by this awful tragedy.

Before last night’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks, the two teams joined at center ice for a moment of silence with BRONCOS on their nameplates. It was truly an incredible moment.

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Then today, less than 24 hours after their teams played their final regular season games, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan and Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan arrived in Humboldt, the home of the Broncos, to offer gifts, support and sympathy for the surviving players and for the families who lost their loved ones.

Remarkable. Who says that hockey coaches are all just jaded and crusty old men? No one expects anything more than a few token words from Gulutzan and McLellan on the tragedy, but instead they take it upon themselves to actually make a difference. Prayers are good. Action is even better. And let’s be clear, this isn’t a public relations stunt by the Flames and Oilers franchises, this is an unpublicized outreach on behalf of the two men themselves. While they unofficially represent their teams, they’re there to make a difference simply as two men who care. Again, remarkable and truly inspiring.