At least 14 people killed in crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

Two former Drayton Valley Thunder players are confirmed as being involved in the collision between a semi-truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeast Saskatchewan.

As the country continues to mourn the deaths of 14 people killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy says he can relate to the grief people are feeling in the tragedy's wake. The Saskatoon Star Phoenix reported Team Captain Logan Schatz, 20, and Adam Herold, 16, have also died.

The RCMP said 14 other people on the bus were killed in the collision, which happened around 5 p.m.as the Broncos were on their way to play Nipawin Hawks.

The team's president, who was not on the bus at the time, said it was the hardest day of his life after hearing of the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Canadian airline West Jet said Saturday it is putting larger planes on four flights scheduled for Sunday between Calgary and Saskatoon to help families affected by the tragedy. Parents and families across Western Canada have been rushing to the scene in Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for Humboldt. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive".

Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber.

"I am horrified to say that he did not make it", she said in a Facebook post.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe retweeted a photo of one player who survived, Derek Patter, lying side-by-side with two other injured players on hospital beds, clasping each others' hands in support.

"It's a frightful accident, my God", Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks hockey team, told the Globe and Mail.

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Before becoming a coach, he played junior hockey in the league in the 1990s.

"They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news", he said.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said: "I can not imagine what these parents are going through".

The team in Swift Current provided Bronco sweaters and the Humboldt team was originally associated with nearby St. Peter's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan that operated a boys high school program until 1972.

Humboldt, the Broncos' hometown, is a city with a population of 6,000.

Masri said it was emotional given Saskatchewan communities are knit together by hockey.

"This is I would think one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan, especially because hockey is so ingrained in how we grow up here", Henry said.

Babcock, fighting back tears, said that "it's got to rip the heart out of your chest". "Please continue to pray for his Humboldt family". Several members of hockey's elite - including more than one NHL team - also extended sympathies.

"Sending all my thoughts and prayers to those impacted with the @HumboltBroncos bus crash", Kennedy wrote Friday night.

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