Myles Shumlanski looks around a makeshift memorial at the intersection of a fatal bus crash near Tisdale, Sask., Tuesday, April, 10, 2018. Shumlanski’s son Nick was one of the survivors of a fatal bus crash.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

It could have happened anywhere. It happened in Saskatchewan

Tributes to the departed came in from all over the world

It is difficult to put into words how heartbreaking it is hearing the news of the Humboldt, SK bus crash that took the lives of 15 young men and injured 14.

The bus, which was carrying the Humboldt Broncos to their SJHL hockey playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks, tragically collided with a semi-trailer Friday night leading to a weekend of sorrow for families, friends and the entire hockey world.

Tributes to the departed came in from all over the world, with hockey rinks paying their respects throughout the country to the young men who all loved lacing up their skates at 5 a.m. and dreamed of one day hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Words cannot put this into context.

Hockey is the beating heart of this country and for a moment, that heart stopped.

Scrolling through the list of those who lost their lives is a window into the love Canadians have for the game of hockey and gives you the feeling that this tragedy could have happened to any one of the thousands of busses that travel all over this country, bringing young men and women to arenas from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

A coach, a forward, a statistician, a defencemen, a play-by-play announcer, a goaltender, a bus driver — all young men who poured their passion into hockey and shared a brotherhood not only with the team on the ice, but everyone who has loved the game of hockey in this country.

The crash is also the second time a Saskatchewan team named the Broncos has been involved in a fatal collision, with the WHL’s 1986 Swift Current Broncos being the first where four lost their lives.

It’s hard to shake the hurt. It feels impossible to heal. The emptiness feels inescapable.

While these things may be true now, they don’t always have to be. We as a nation need to wrap our love around the families of the fallen and the community of Humboldt.

The loss these people feel will be ongoing and we need to be there as a country to support them — emotionally and financially.

We need to do everything we can to remember the young men who lost their lives on the way to play the sport they love.

It could have happened anywhere. It happened in Saskatchewan and we, as Canadians, need to band together to help those that need it.

Donate at

gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos

if you can and send your love to the Broncos.

Parker Tobin, 18. Goaltender

Darcy Haugan, 42. Head Coach

Brody Hinz, 18. Statistician

Logan Schatz, 20. Captain

Jaxon Joseph, 20. Forward

Adam Herold, 16. Player

Mark Cross, 27. Assistant Coach

Tyler Bieber. Play-by-play Announcer

Stephen Wack, 21. Defenceman

Logan Hunter, 18. Player

Conner Lukan, 21. Forward

Glen Doerksen. Driver

Evan Thomas, 18. Forward

Jacob Leicht, 19. Forward

Logan Boulet, 21. Forward

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