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The president of the Humboldt Broncos, a Canadian junior hockey team, made a statement on Saturday, calling the accident in which 15 people were killed and another 14 injured were "a tragedy" that "unprecedented and overwhelming "is.
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HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan – A hockey arena has become the epicenter of mourning for an. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=460 In a small Canadian town on Sunday, friends, relatives, and those who were members of a youth hockey team gathered to complain about fifteen people when a semi-trailer hit the crew's bus.

Fourteen were also injured, some critically hitting a country, its national sport, and the hockey-obsessed city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it collapsed at around 5 pm Friday on Highway 35, police said. Among the dead are Bronco head coach Darcy Haugan, team Captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber.

Inhabitants of this city of less than 6,000 have left flowers, team jerseys and personal tributes on the steps of the entrance of the arena, forming a makeshift memorial. A tribute included a Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner box, which was a favorite meal of the late forward Evan Thomas. A bouquet of pink roses adorned the box, which read: "To Evan, game day special, love your billet brother and sister Colten and Shelby." More: Hockey community mourns tragic Humboldt Broncos junior team bus crash that killed 15 people

While most of the players came from another country in western Canada, they became families situated in the small town Humboldt. The billeting of families is a big part of junior hockey, and players spend years with homestays.

Dennis Locke, his wife and three small children came to the arena to hang up posters of Jaxon Joseph, son of a former NHL player, Chris Joseph. The Locke family housed Joseph and treated him like a son.

"Best person ever," Locke said. "On the earth, loved to play with the kids."

His wife wiped the tears from her swollen eyes.

Forward Logan Hunter and defenders Stephen Wack, Adam Herold and Xavier Labelle were also dead and others, according to family members. Co-coach Mark Cross, bus driver Glen Doerksen and 18-year-old Stats keeper Brody Hinz were also killed.

Herold, who would have turned 17 on Thursday, played until a few weeks ago for the Regina Pat Canadian Hockey team, "I was sent to the Broncos to contest the playoff round when the Pat Canadian season passed was, "said John Smith, the manager of the Pat Canadians.

The names of all the dead and injured were not released by the police.

Norman Mattock, a longtime subscriber, said his neighbor is player Morgan Gobeil. The defender was severely injured and remains in serious but stable condition, Mattock said.

He said that players are part of the community, doing volunteer work or serving in restaurants. Three players who were quartered by the same family died in the crash, he added

"They've lost them all," Mattock said.

The Broncos are a close-knit team that dyed their hair blond for the playoffs. The bus drove the team on Friday for a crucial playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.

On Sunday evening, a night watch will take place on the ice of the home team, and a makeshift stage and hundreds of chairs will be ready for the commemoration. The homepage of the team website was replaced by a silhouette of a man praying under the Bronco logo of a Mustang.

"We are devastated," said Hockey Club Vice President Randolph MacLEAN. "The focus is on 15 souls who never go home again, we have 29 lives that will never be the same again."

MacLEAN said the community gathers at game evenings in the arena, which draw 800 to 1,000 people to the Tribune lure.

"It's an energy that spreads through the city Street signs say" game tonight ", tickets for sale everywhere", he said.

As is the case with small-town hockey in Canada he said, the arena is not just a recreational facility, but a focal point of community life with the hockey team in its midst.

With players paying billions of local families, working in urban businesses and visiting local schools, MacLEAN said The tragedy touches every corner of Humboldt.

Canadian police said the truck driver, who was not injured, was initially detained, but has since been released and given psychiatric help. "The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Curtis Zablocki, said it was too early to cite a reason for the crash.

Photos of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with the most wheels in the air and the bus on the side with the z destroyed back part. The force of the accident sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.

The semi-trailer would have had to submit to a stop sign before he could cross the highway where the hockey bus was driving. At the southeastern corner of the intersection, there are a number of trees that restrict the view of both streets.

The police said many issues need to be investigated, including the weather conditions at that time and mechanical problems with the vehicles

Athletes and teams in a variety of sports have paid tribute to the team with some, the "Broncos" on wearing their caps or shoes and others wearing the word on their backs.

The tragedy recalled an accident in 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos' team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.