Getting Back to Hockey ‘Therapeutic’ for Saskatchewan Community after Humboldt Tragedy

April 16, 2018 12:47 pm Last Updated: April 16, 2018 12:47 pm

The Estevan Bruins made a pit stop on their way into Nipawin, Sask., on Friday night to pay their respects to members of the Humboldt Broncos who were killed in a bus crash.

Just over 24 hours later, the Bruins stood in a circle around centre ice with the Nipawin Hawks for a moment of silence before Game 1 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final. Bruins coach Chris Lewgood says the visit to the crash site was a first step towards closure for a lot of his players.

“There’s no closure yet but it’s been a really emotional time for everybody, some more than others, some because they’ve had personal connections, others just because they don’t know how to handle,” Lewgood said after Saturday’s game. “For us it was the first step towards building back up after everything has been torn down so much.”

Humboldt’s bus was travelling to Nipawin when it collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. Sixteen of the bus’s 29 passengers have died while the other 13 were injured.