BC vigil planned for Humboldt Broncos crash victims

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The stories of the 15 lives taken when a bus carrying a junior hockey team crashed with a truck continued to emerge Sunday as the town of Humboldt prepared a vigil to mourn those lost. "But in times like these you definitely need people around you, and our thoughts and our hearts go out to the Humboldt Broncos and their families". WestJet airlines said it was upping flights between Saskatoon and Calgary; Air Canada, Saturday afternoon, was finalizing details to help affected families.

It hits much too close to home, even if we can not quite grasp the unimaginable pain so many of our fellow Canadians are going through.

"It's a frightful accident, my God", Opp said.

In communities across rural Saskatchewan, such hockey venues are important focal points for locals, whether it be parents chatting in the stands during their children's early morning practices, fans gathering to cheer on their local champions, or adult part-timers squeezing in a friendly game after work. "It's a awful thing that happened".

Almost every single NHL team posted condolences to the affected families, but the outpouring of emotion didn't stop with just the league.

"Struggling with the tragedy in Saskatchewan?"

"I can't imagine being the parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this", Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at a press conference.

It's unlikely she'll be alone.

It is a tragedy that has rocked the entire nation. Similar tributes are expected today at other hockey games. Twenty-nine people were on the bus.

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For some, the tragedy revived painful memories of a bus crash in the province in December 1986 that killed four young players from the Swift Current Broncos ice hockey team. He said he recalled Schatz as "one of those kids that you just don't forget".

"It's tragic, and I just feel so much anguish for the families, and the victims, and the survivors, and the first responders, and everybody involved in such a horrific scene".

The team, made up of players aged between 18 and 21, was headed north to the town of Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when the accident occurred. "You weren't just family, you were genuinely one of my favourite people and someone I could always count on at all hours of the day and night".

"I sure see it now that it'd probably be a very good idea", Poggemiller said in an interview Saturday. "It didn't seem like a big spot, it's not mountains or anything like that, but accidents do happen".

"Everywhere in Saskatchewan, it's tight".

Broncos president Kevin Garinger says the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team includes players from Edmonton, Slave Lake and Airdrie in Alberta and from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

"Brody had recently joined our Golden West family, mentored by Tyler and the Bolt FM team", Lydon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station's website.

"You can't even understand", he said. "Going around and playing in small towns and being able to be a part of one of those teams is extremely special". "The entire province of Alberta stands with you at this awful time".

As names of the deceased emerge, family members and former coaches in the province with ties to the Humboldt Broncos are sharing how kind and dedicated team members were to their sport. "It's tough to talk about".