By Mckenzie Swanson
On the evening of Friday, April 6, tragedy struck as a Canadian junior hockey team made their way to Saskatchewan to play a semi-final game. With 29 people on the bus, 15 were killed while another 14 were left injured from a horrific collision with a semi-truck.
Amongst the victims were Tyler Bieber, a play-by-play announcer who worked with Humboldt radio station and Brody Hinz, who organized stats for the team. Glen Doerksen, the driver of the bus, was confirmed to be among the dead as well as the team’s head coach Darcy Haugan and assistant coach Mark Cross. The Broncos captain, Logan Schatz, was also amongst the departed along with his teammates Adam Herold, Logan Hunter, Parker Tobin, Jaxon Joseph, Conner Lukan, Evan Thomas, Jacob Leicht, and Stephen Wack.
“I can’t even imagine being the parent, or the wife, or the kids at home, going through something like this,” Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, told reporters. “You can’t make up for loss. It’s gotta rip the heart out of your chest. We pray for those families and we’re thinking about them.”
Another player, Logan Boulet, was severely injured in the fatal accident and was just recently taken off life support. His family said that his organs would be donated to people who needed them, as well as to science. If you ask me, that’s a true hero who will always be remembered, as will all the other players and coaches who were lost during this devastating moment.
The horrific crash sent waves of grief throughout the country and the hockey community. With the world coming together to show their support and love for the team and their families, a GoFundMe page was created to collect money for the families affected by the crash. (https://ca.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos) Although this cannot bring any of the victims back, it is a great way to show you’re thinking of them and you send your prayers. Also, another way to get involved is by joining the teachers and students in the Parkland region on April 12 by wearing a jersey to school to honour the Humboldt Broncos.
A very important message that we can all take away from this tragic event is: “In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You never know when you may not have that chance again.” We send our strength and prayers to all the boys, families and friends who have lost in this unimaginable tragedy. We will remain strong for you.
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