UXBRIDGE: On Friday, April 6th, the Junior 'A' hockey team, Humboldt Broncos, were on their way to a playoff game when their bus was hit by a transport truck, in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. 15 players and team staff were killed and 14 were injured in the crash.
While not a local team, the crash hit close to home for Uxbridge, a town with their own Junior Hockey team, the Uxbridge Bruins. A statement on the Bruins' website read, “The Uxbridge Bruins send our thoughts and prayers to the community of Humboldt and their hockey family affected by this awful tragedy.”
Council also shared about the incident in a council meeting on Monday, April 9th.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said, “It's tragic. It's beyond comprehension almost.” She added, these could have just as easily been local players, as there have been many teams travelling from Uxbridge, “[But] by the grace of God, that could [have been] here.” She emphasized, however, the loss of any lives, not just local ones, is just as tragic.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger, a former coach himself, indicated the incident was very personal for him, “In 40 years of coaching I couldn't tell you how many buses I rode on.”
“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the families involved there,” said Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet.
In honour of the Humboldt Broncos crash victims, Uxbridge Township will be flying flags at half mast at the Uxbridge arena, for 15 days, from April 9th to April 24th.
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