In case you missed the awful events of yesterday evening, prepare to be shocked. The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) have been involved in a serious bus accident on Highway 35 just outside of Nipawin, SK.
Early reports indicated that there were multiple fatalities as a result of the crash, but the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had not divulged the true extent of last night’s catastrophic events until today. The news is now out and it’s heartbreaking. A staggering 14 people have been confirmed dead while another 14 are injured.
Shocking. Terrible. Truly the worst news possible.
It’s expected that more details will emerge today about last night’s horrific accident, but early reports seem to indicate that the Bronco’s bus collided with a semi-transport truck while going a high rate of speed. It’s not yet known whether speed, drugs, alcohol, the weather or any other outside factors were at play.
While police officers continue to sort through the wreckage, literally, of this tragic accident, we ask that you keep the players and families of the Humboldt Bronocs in your thoughts and prayers. We’ll continue to update you as details emerge from the tiny, shaken community on Canada’s frozen prairies.
In the meantime, just look at these beautiful boys, as legendary CBC broadcast Don Cherry might say:
Aren't they great? Just a group of hardworking, fun loving, hockey playing Canadian boys who were brought together by the game we all love. It's hard not to feel incredible sympathy and sadness over the loss of these young men, even from thousands of miles away. In the hockey world, we're all part of a small community and it's moments like these that make you realize how tight knit the community really is. Take, for example, the outpouring of sadness, grief, sympathy and consolation on social media from some of hockey's biggest names:
Such a tragic loss.
UPDATE: The local RCMP detachment have released an official update, confirming the numbers quotes above (14 dead, 14 injured) and that there were in fact a total of 28 people, including the driver, on board the Broncos' bus when it collided with a semi-transport truck. See the full update below. Again, more details to come as they emerge.