Capitals React to Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

On Friday, the hockey world learned of a tragedy that took place in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. As the team was heading to a game on a bus, the vehicle collided with a transport truck on a rural highway


Photo: Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press

On Saturday morning, news confirmed that 15 people had died with the other 14 sent to the hospital as a result of the collision.

“Those young men were chasing a dream,” Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said to open up his press conference after his team held a morning skate on Saturday. “They were the pride of their community, and our heart goes out to them. A lot of young players, in this league, were chasing that same dream and being on the same buses in a way. That brings some reality to what we do for a living,”

Trotz continued. “For anybody who’s been on those buses and traveled and done all that. The players come from all over Western Canada and they come and play in a small town, you’re embraced by a small town and you’re the pride of the small town. And you’re chasing a dream to play in the Western Hockey League and hopefully move onto the pros.” 30226456_10156346477567490_1400543957112324096_n This news also hit home for Chandler Stephenson. His hometown is in Saskatoon which is about 75 minutes away from Humboldt. Stephenson even crossed paths with three of those players on the Broncos over the summer.

“I’m kind of at a loss for words. Couldn’t really believe something like that could happen… It was a freak accident by the sound of it and it could happen to any hockey team that travels on a bus,” said Stephenson.

Stephenson was asked about how much the game of hockey means in those communities.

“The Broncos were their everything (in Humboldt). Just listening last night on the radio how the mayor was saying about how people came to the church and everyone was making their way down there and gathering, comforting each other and grieving together,” said Stephenson.

Aerial video from the scene:

Stephenson, along with Brett Connolly and Madison Bowey took to Twitter to send their condolences:

On the media side of things, analyst Alan May and radio broadcaster John Walton also expressed condolences.

Walton talked about broadcaster Tyler Bieber who was one of the 14 who passed away from the accident.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Capitals React to Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

  1. Anonymous says:

    So heartbreaking. Prayers for comfort and healing physically and emotionally.

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