Grieving Canadian community to hold vigil for victims of bus crash

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I don't even know who they are.

"We can now confirm 14 people have died as a result of this collision", the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement, which did not say how numerous victims were players or coaches of the Humboldt Broncos team.

The truck was heading west and the bus north when they collided, said Curtis Zablocki, Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP in Saskatchewan.

Three people are in critical condition.

"This was an identification error and Xavier is not deceased", the statement said. The death toll includes nine other Broncos players, two coaches, two employees of a broadcasting company and the bus driver.

The driver, who was unscathed, was allowed to go free while the RCMP investigate the cause of the crash, Zablocki told reporters. He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.

"It's a terrible accident, my God", Opp said.

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Hawks.

Hayley Wickenheiser, a player from the Canadian women's hockey team, in addition to the Western and Saskatchewan Hockey Leagues and Premier Rachel Notley are among the many who have given condolences to friends and families of the team.

- Metro News Canada (@MetroNewsCanada) April 7, 2018Tyler Bieber, 29, Humboldt, SK.

"Not one of us is alone in our grief", Garinger said (via ESPN), later encouraging the community to "continue to reach out".

After the recent success of the US women's hockey team, some in our area are trying to encourage female participation in ice hockey.

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The tragedy was felt across Canada, where hockey is the dominant sport and many young players take long bus rides to tournaments.

The tragedy involving a collision between the bus, carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and a tractor-trailer pierced the heart of a tightknit city in rural Saskatchewan.

The Broncos team is comprised of 24 players, all from Canada, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest 21.

"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement.

Expressions of support poured in, much of them focused on a Twitter photo that showed three injured players grasping each other's hands while lying in hospital beds.

By Monday morning, a GoFundMe page for the players and their families had raised more than $4.8 million, the result of about 70,000 donations. In 1986, four members of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League died in a crash in the western part of the province, CNN partner CBC reported.

The 18-year-old rookie was remembered as an excellent player devoted to hockey, according to a news release from the Kelowna Rockets.

At the vigil, Sean Brandow, the local pastor and team chaplain, described how he happened upon the horrific accident scene Friday night and heard sounds of people he knew dying after a semi-trailer slammed into the bus taking the team to a playoff game.

Cam Talbot, a goalie for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League, tweeted: "After all the hours spent on a bus with the boys over the years this one really hits home".

The Labelle and Tobin families were involved in the initial identification processes, Wilby said, without elaborating.

"I can't imagine being the parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this", Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at a press conference.

"An entire country is in shock and mourning today", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.