The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League were involved in a horrific accident early Saturday morning after a truck reportedly t-boned the side of the team bus. The bus was carrying 28 people including the driver, and officials have already confirmed 14 fatalities.
“We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a release, via ESPN.com.
“The other fourteen people were sent to hospitals with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature.”
The Broncos were traveling for Game 5 of a semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks.
“It’s one of the hardest days of my life,″ said Kevin Garinger, the president of the team, via The Globe and Mail.
“There have been multiple fatalities … our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other.”
It is a horrific tragedy that has sent shockwaves through the hockey community.
Multiple NHL teams have taken to social media to send their condolences to all of the families who were impacted by the unspeakable event.
Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the Humboldt Broncos and the families of those affected at this difficult time. The Canadiens and the entire hockey community grieves with you.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 7, 2018
The #Flames send their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the collision involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 7, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Humboldt Broncos organization and the families impacted by today’s tragic news.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 7, 2018
The LA Kings are thinking of the Humboldt Broncos and their families ❤
— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 7, 2018
#Oilers Entertainment Group extends its thoughts & prayers to the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos, their families & the Humboldt community this evening.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2018
We send condolence, comfort and strength to all affected by the devastating crash involving the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus. pic.twitter.com/VScEay6sZv
— NHL (@NHL) April 7, 2018
The Broncos’ playoff roster was carrying multiple players in the age range of 18-21. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all of the victims.