One of the 14 surviving members of Friday’s tragic bus accident which claimed the lives of 15 individuals from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s (SJHL) Humboldt Broncos, has made a public statement.
Broncos forward Nicholas Shumlanski somehow, someway managed to come out of Friday’s horrific crash with just minor bumps, bruises and scars. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery and go on to live a normal, healthy life. Remarkably, Schulmanski was able to attend last night’s vigil for his teammates, coaches and training staff at Humboldt’s Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
Shumlanski, you may recall, was one of the young men identified in this heartwarming photo that circulated online over this past weekend:
In case you missed last night's live broadcast of the vigil from Humboldt, click the link below:
Late last night, following the somber and touching tribute to his fallen friends Shumlanski took to social media to send a message to all those who have reached out to him in the days since Friday’s accident.
For those without Twitter access, we’ve transcribed his statement below:
I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone for all the support they have shown over the past couple of days for the Humboldt Broncos, it really has helped. The doctor had said to me that it was truly a miracle that I was able to get up and walk away from the accident with very minor injuries and a couple of scars on my body. I have been feeling very blessed and and fortunate as I must’ve had people watching over me. Although reality hasn’t really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many lose friends, brothers and amazing coaches. Times are tough right now but the support you all have shown in amazing. May you please keep everyone involved in this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.
He concludes his statement with a green and yellow heart, representing the colors of both the Humboldt Broncos and the province of Saskatchewan.
Hang tough, Nicholas. We can’t imagine what kind of emotions you’re feeling and the kind of thoughts that you’re processing. The entire hockey world is here to help you through this. Stay strong, young man.