Humboldt Residents Thankful for ‘Overwhelming’ Outpouring of Support

April 9, 2018 11:38 am Last Updated: April 9, 2018 11:38 am

Residents of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, say support from around the world has been “overwhelming,” after a horrific crash involving a bus carrying a junior hockey team that claimed 15 lives. One local man said the team is “part of the community.”

The stories of 15 lives taken when a bus carrying a junior hockey team crashed with a truck continued to emerge Sunday as the Saskatchewan town of Humboldt prepared a vigil to mourn those killed.

The stories of 15 lives taken when a bus carrying a junior hockey team crashed with a truck continued to emerge Sunday as the Saskatchewan town of Humboldt prepared a vigil to mourn those killed.

Humboldt Broncos defencemen Adam Herold and Xavier Labelle, forwards Evan Thomas and Conner Lukan, and assistant coach Mark Cross were confirmed as being among the dead. So was bus driver Glen Doerksen and statistics keeper Brody Hinz.

Scott Thomas remembered his 18-year-old son as a strong athlete—playing both hockey and baseball—and a good student. But he was a teammate first.

Members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in a photo posted to the team’s Twitter account on March 24, 2018. (Humboldt Broncos/Twitter)

“He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate,” said Thomas.

“He just loved being a teammate. He loved his teammates and I think that was more important to him than the actual sport he was playing.

“He loved those boys. He really loved those boys.”

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