Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Moment of Silence Held to Honour Humboldt Broncos as SJHL Playoffs Resume

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Moment of Silence Held to Honour Humboldt Broncos as SJHL Playoffs Resume

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Moment of silence held for Broncos as SJHL resumes


NIPAWIN, Sask. - 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 thirteen were injured.

The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin when the crash happened.

A faint sound of sobbing was heard in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 at Centennial Arena during the pre-game ceremony. It was the first SJHL game since the accident.

Hawks players wore green helmets to honour the Broncos throughout the game and both teams were wearing Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys. Both referees and linesmen had "Broncos" on their nameplates.

First responders were honoured and walked out onto the ice to a standing ovation.

Among those in attendance for the game were Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe along with the mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench.

A group of long-time Broncos fans also made the 2 1/2 hour drive from Humboldt for the game.

Lewgood said the team stopped in Tisdale to get flowers and that he could sense some nerves as the Bruins neared the crash site. …

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