Please read this careful and support the families of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos. You will understand why and be irate yourself. Family members of players involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that took place last April are criticizing a new book about the hockey team and are urging people not to buy it.
The reason behind their anger? It was written and released without their consent.
“The story of our family members is ours to tell, either individually or collectively, as we choose,” we can read in a post on Toby Boulet’s Facebook account on Monday. Boulet’s son, Logan, was one of the players killed in the crash involving the Broncos’ team bus and a semi-truck.
On 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 game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.
Back on Sept. 5, Barry Heath, a former Saskatchewan coroner and veterinarian, published his book titled Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team. Now released, the book is listed on the Indigo-Chapters website at $20.00 and is shown to be available at multiple locations in Saskatoon.
“Please do not purchase this book,” Boulet added. “Dr. Heath asked families for input and not one family agreed to provide input. He was told that the families were not ready to tell the collective story about the tragic day in April.”
The mother of Ryan Straschnitzki, one of the Broncos who survived the crash but was left paralyzed from the chest down, posted her displeasure with the author on her Twitter account.
“Do not buy the book,” she tweeted. “It was in no way supported or endorsed by the 29 families! It is not Dr. Heath’s story to tell.”
Christina Haugan, widow of the Broncos’ head coach Darcy Haugan, also posted on the book release on her Facebook account, commenting that none of the victims' families are ready for this.
“A man by the name Barry Heath has written a book about the tragedy and nightmare we have all been living,” Haugan said, in a statement shared on Facebook.
“He has done this without the support and endorsement of any family involved in this. In fact, he was specifically asked not to do this at this time as none of us felt ready for something like that.”
“Would you please do me a favour and not purchase this book and support him and share this so others don’t as well? I would appreciate that!”
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.
This is another way to support and root for them: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK!