Humboldt Broncos coach, killed in bus crash, played at NMU

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The team was on its way to Game 5 of a semifinal against the Nipawin Hawks, also in Saskatchewan, when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. CST.

Garinger, who has one of the players living in his home, said they still do not know his fate.

The tractor-trailer would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway that the hockey bus was travelling on.

Also identified among those dead in the collision are: the team's captain Logan Schatz, 20, and players Jaxon Joseph, 20, Stephen Wack, 21, Logan Hunter, 18, and Adam Herold, 16.

"Lots of them are waiting for information", he said. All these young men and boys.

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The Edmonton native previously played for the the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League.

"We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision", RCMP said in a release early Saturday.

There was a "high volume of incoming trauma cases" at Royal University Hospital and St Paul's Hospital, the Saskatchewan Health Authority said on Twitter. "This was either personal because you knew someone or personal because you could really relate to it".

"It has hit us hard". "We're a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years".

Many people wandered in and out of the arena during the day.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out a statement Saturday, saying "an entire country is in shock and mourning today". Multiple crisis workers were assisting in a separate area.

"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this bad tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet. We grieve with those facing news no parent or family should ever have to face.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations for the families of the victims and had already raised over $336,000 by Saturday morning.

Team president Kevin Garinger said parents from across Western Canada were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.

The crash has cruel echoes of 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.

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The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team includes players originally from that province and from Manitoba and Alberta.