Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.
The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale. Fourteen others were injured.
“We know better today,” said Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player who survived a bus crash in 1986 that killed four of his teammates with the Swift Current Broncos.
“We know the impact of trauma, we know the impact of PTSD, and we know the length of time…the scars that last a lifetime are real,” he said.
“We have to be able to have something that is sustainable for those people long term.”
With files from The Canadian Press