Breaking: Police announce grave mistake in investigation of deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Mistakes happen, but you have to really feel for both of the families involved in this case of mistaken identity.

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Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice has announced that one of the deceased in Friday’s bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos was misidentified.

The ministry says the body of goaltender Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of teammate Xavier Labelle.

Labelle is injured but alive and fighting for his life in a nearby hospital while Tobin is amongst the 15 individuals who died when the bus carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team collided with a semi-transport truck on Saskatchewan’s Highway 35 late Friday evening.

The Office of the Chief Coroner has apologized for the misidentification, offering condolences to Tobin’s family and sincerely apologies to Labelle and his family.

The ministry did not say how the mix-up occurred.

The news comes a day after a solemn vigil held at Humboldt’s Elgar Peterson Arena in which members of the community along with dignitaries Justin Trudeau, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean joined to pay tribute to the 15 individuals lost as a result of this tragic accident.

In case you missed last night's vigil, you can watch a broadcast of the event, courtesy of Sportsnet below:

Be forewarned though, it's a solemn and emotionally draining event. But, out of the darkness came some light courtesy of Broncos President Kevin Garinger. Before sharing the names of the departed with those in attendance, Garinger showed incredible strength in delivering his powerful and inspiring message:

We are gathered in a state of shock and unbelievable heartbreak. For many of us, the real reach and scope of this community tragedy will not be fully realized for days, weeks, months or even years as we continue to process everything that has taken place over these last few days. But in all this darkness, a light has shone through.
This light has come from the first responders, from the medical professionals who have worked miracles and continue to work miracles for our Broncos family. It comes from the remarkable community of Humboldt as people come together to offer their strength, their time and their kindness. This light will only grow in time. And in time, the darkness will fade.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, Cherry dedicated most of his Coach’s Corner segment to those lost in Friday’s accident. Never one to be at a loss for words, even the outspoken Cherry couldn’t come up with the words to describe this tragic event. 

“There’s no words that can describe what happened here. You sit on those busses day after day, night after night… what can you say to the parents? God love them.”

For the full segment, see the video below: