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The road to the NHL is different than it is for other professional athletes. For many, the dreams get serious at age 16 when they enter Junior Hockey. There are three leagues run under the auspices of the Canadian Hockey League and there are even CHL teams based in the United States. Choosing to play in these leagues, while considered amateur, can make you ineligible to play in the NCAA.
For Humboldt, Saskatchewan, their Broncos have been a center of their community of 6,000 souls. They took the Royal Bank Cup Championship in 2003 and 2008. Friday night the team bus, headed to a semifinal game against Nipawin, was hit by a tractor-trailer. The RCMP reports 15 fatalities including the head coach and the team captain. Many more are hospitalized with severe injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
You can not make sense of this any more than you can make sense of a mass shooting.
“Our community is in utter shock and we are trying our best to comes to grips with this unimaginable tragedy,” Broncos president Kevin Garinger said on Saturday morning.
Like others in the small community, he said he knew each of the young men and staff on the team personally, and had been billeting one of the players at his home.
“This is much larger than anyone can begin to imagine.”
Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the terrible Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
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