April 6, 2018 will be a date hockey fans around the world will remember forever. It was the day 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 other 14 people on the bus were injured, according to an official report from the RCMP. Three of then were in a critical condition.
President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe have offered thoughts and prayers to the families affected by the unthinkable tragedy, in the course of the day:
"Just spoke to Justin Trudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the terrible Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!"
"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond."
"Words can not describe the loss that we feel tonight. From a grieving province, thank you to first responders & medical professionals for courageous response under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Tonight, we all must pray for these families.
The entire hockey community has also decided to offer thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims.
"My heart is heavy for all those impacted by the terrible tragedy in Saskatchewan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all... tonight when we play the last game of the regular season, we are all on team Broncos!"
"Humbolt Broncos...Victims, loved ones. We are reaching out to hold you. To share . In this moment all that ever happened doesn't seem to matter. It did. It does.They do. You do. We love you."
"We are shocked and saddened over the tragic news of the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Broncos organization, the families, the friends, the fans and entire Humboldt community.
The mother of former NHL player Colby Armstrong, who suited up for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, has also offered to help:
"I am a hockey mom in Saskatoon. If you or family members need a place to stay or any other assistance please contact me."
"Please contact my mom or let any other families involved who need a place to stay or help in Saskatoon."
We would also like to invite you to consider donating to the team and the families involved if you can through the team's official GoFundMe account. There is already more than $1.2 million raised for the victims.