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Sports Leafs players, coaches express shock, condolences over Saskatchewan team bus crash

22:36  07 april  2018
22:36  07 april  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Humboldt, Sask. was home away from home for many players in fatal team bus crash . Another Saskatchewan native, Leafs forward Patrick Marleau, noted the tight-knit nature of the province. “Everywhere in Saskatchewan , it’s tight.

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A memorial of flowers and cards sits on the stairs leading into Elgar Petersen Arena, the home of the Humboldt Broncos in Humboldt, Sask., on Saturday, April 7, 2018.© Liam Richards A memorial of flowers and cards sits on the stairs leading into Elgar Petersen Arena, the home of the Humboldt Broncos in Humboldt, Sask., on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The hockey community is in shock after a bus crash claimed the lives of 14 junior hockey players Friday evening. The Humboldt Broncos were headed to a game when their bus collided with a truck on the way to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan around 5 p.m. on Highway 35, north of Tisdale, SK.

For many, the incident has hit close to home. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly noted that hockey players tend to spend a great deal of time on the bus.

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The Humboldt team was scheduled to play the Nipawin Hawks in the fifth game of a best-of-seven Trudeau also expressed his condolences on Twitter to the victims of the crash . "It hurts." Looking to recover. Friday's crash is not the first highway accident to kill hockey players in Saskatchewan .

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“You know, really, you want that to be something you look forward to, going on the road with your team,” Rielly said.

“Growing up playing hockey and spending a great deal of time in Saskatchewan you gain appreciation for the kind of people that come from there. But in times like these you definitely need people around you, and our thoughts and our hearts go out to the HB and their families,” he said. Rielly attended boarding school in Wilcox, SK, and played with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL.

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Canada mourns tragic bus crash that left 14 dead. CBS Evening News. Much of the hockey world issued messages of condolences , including National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach .

The death toll from the bus crash involving a Saskatchewan junior hockey team bus has risen to 15, while 14 are injured, a day after the tragedy impacting players The team includes 24 players , all from Western Canada, ranging in age from 16 to 21. Head coach Darcy Haugan was one of the victims.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was fighting back tears while speaking to reporters Saturday. “I can’t even imagine being a parent, or the wife, or the kids at home going through something like this,” said Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon.

“The hockey world is an unbelievable world, but you can’t make up for loss, you just can’t. ... I always used to think about those vans, when coaches were driving to college, soccer — I always thought those were a nightmare.” Babcock said. “It just goes to show you you‘ve got to embrace each and every day. And each and every day you’re with your family, you better enjoy it.”

Another Saskatchewan native, Leafs forward Patrick Marleau, noted the tight-knit nature of the province.

“Everywhere in Saskatchewan, it’s tight. Hockey’s everything in Canada, but in Saskatchewan every community’s fairly small, so everybody knows everybody and you try and look out for each other and take care of each other,” Marleau said. “That’s where it hits close to home for everybody. I could easily see in a few years my kids being on a road trip.”

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Montreal Canadiens player Brett Lernout played with the WHL in Saskatchewan, and said that he thinks the outpouring of support will continue.

“It’s just a heartbreaking situation. You just feel for everyone involved, and can’t really put into words anything about it. We’ve all spent time on the bus. You’re with your buddies having a good time. You feel safe in that situation. It’s just really sad,” Lernout said. “It’s just horrific.”

Recalling the Yak-Service plane crash in 2011, Leafs forward Leo Komarov said, “You need to support families as much as you can.”

The plane was carrying 45 passengers, including the entire main roster of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, as well as four youth members.

“You try to figure out what happened,” Komarov said of the incident. “I had friends on that plane, so we went to the funeral to Yaroslavl, the whole team. It makes you kind of scared to fly again, but it happens. If it’s going to happen, no one can stop it.”

Komarov was friends with forward Karel Rachunek, and defenceman Mikhail Ballandin.

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