In case you missed it, last night the hockey world was rocked by the news that 14 members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) died in a tragic bus accident on Highway 35 just outside of Nipawin, SK.
The hockey world is in mourning today for the loss of 14 young lives lost as a result of this terrible accident. Police have now confirmed that there were 28 individuals on board at the time of the accident, 14 have died and another 14 are injured and fighting for their lives in hospital. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those in the communities of Humboldt and Nipawin, SK today.
One of the young men lost in last night’s tragic events was Jaxon Joseph, son of former NHL defenseman and 5th overall draft pick Chris Joseph. The news was confirmed over social media and we truly cannot fathom what Chris and the Joseph family must be going through right now.
For those old enough to remember, the elder Joseph was a top prospect of the Pittsburgh Penguins after being selected 5th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Burnaby, BC ended up playing carving out a journeyman’s career for himself playing 510 NHL games split between the Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Atlanta Thrashers. He’d finish his NHL career off with 39 goals and 151 points in 510 games before moving on to play out the final years of his professional career in Finland, Germany and Italy.
As for his son Jaxon, the 20 year old center had a remarkable 25 goals and 43 points in 38 games for the Broncos this season and was absolutely on fire i the playoffs with seven goals and 12 points in just nine games. Regardless of his pedigree or his ability, he’ll be missed as a human being first and a hockey player second.
Our sincerest condolences to the Joseph family and to all families involved with this terrible tragedy. RIP, Jaxon Joseph. Gone, but never forgotten.