The Humboldt Broncos are playing their first game of the new season tonight since the night of April 6 that 16 people, including 10 players, were killed and 13 others injured in a bus crash as the team was traveling to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.
After a first period that stayed tied 0-0, the Broncos managed to open the scoring during the second period, with one of the best goals you’ll see this season.
Michael Clarke opened the scoring for the Broncos, giving them a 1-0 lead during a power-play. It is the first Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League goal, and the home crowd went nuts for the players!
Everyone this season will be routing for the Broncos, who have to overcome a very tough heartache this season. Only two of the survivors — Derek Patter and Brayden Camrud — are back on the team this season and are playing tonight.
When Patter and Camrud hit the ice during the presentations, they held each other as the crowd stood for them. Upon his entree on the ice, Camrud hit his chest and pointed to the sky for his fallen teammates.
Camrud did record an assist on the play, his first point of the season, which starts a new chapter in the team's history.
The crowd went wild as the former players, who were involved in the crash but survived, entered the rink during the pre-game ceremony.
The rivals, the Nipawin Hawks, were also ovated as they hit the ice since they always supported the Broncos following the tragedy. Both clubs and the audience held a precious moment of silence before the game in honour of the victims and their families.
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Five months and six days ago was a tragic day, but now the Broncos begin anew and look forward without forgetting their friends. The Broncos will be back on the team bus Friday for a game in Nipawin and will continue playing as they persevere in their healing process.
TSN is doing a great coverage of the Broncos' first game of the season.