Most gamers within the National Hockey League began out identical to the members of the Humboldt Broncos - the 16-to-20-year-old gamers from a small Saskatchewan city who have been concerned within the crash of the group's bus with a semi-truck on a freeway close to Tisdale, Sask.
So far, family members have confirmed that head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz, former BCHL player Jaxon Joseph and the team's play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber are among the dead. Fourteen people were killed and several others injured, with three in critical condition. The players, ages 16 to 21, are mainstays at community fundraisers, hospitals and senior citizen homes.
She also told paNOW that she was grateful for all the support coming in from across the country. "This is every parent's worst nightmare". Many people wandered in and out of the arena during the morning.
Austin says the accident has shaken the team.
The Hawk's president, Darren Opp, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that the truck, a semi-trailer, T-boned the players' bus.
Although Humboldt is two provinces away, Stebeck said that the far-flung nature of hockey means that everyone in the community is affected.
Many of today's highly paid pros began as players on youth teams, spending long hours on bus rides, traveling from game to game.
"We are heartbroken knowing many of those we lost had their entire lives in front of them".
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"It's overwhelming. It's been tough on everybody", Muench said in a phone interview.
The Broncos are a close-knit team who dyed their hair blond for the playoffs.
"Hockey was what brought us all together and we had two communities that were rivals in the rink".
Police did not release any names, but Michelle Straschnitzki, from Airdrie, said her 18-year old son Ryan had been taken to hospital.
"I think one thing that we underestimate with the impact of trauma, and PTSD, and going through things like this, is the magnitude of the impact", he says.
"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement. "I am freaking out".
"He was always that one guy who was stable in what he believed and what he knew", he said. I have a lot of great memories of times spent on buses, and you never really have that in the back of your mind.
"I grew up playing hockey in Saskatchewan, so just do what you can to help out the hockey community". He expressed to me and to the other coaches, just his appreciation of what we did for him.
"Lots of them are waiting for information", he said.
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