On April 6, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed in Saskatchewan, killing 14 people and injuring 15 others. Amid an outpouring of grief from Saskatchewan and the Canadian sports community at large, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Saturday:
An entire country is in shock and mourning today as we learn more about the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos that claimed the lives of 14 people, and injured many more.
We are heartbroken knowing many of those we lost had their entire lives in front of them. We grieve with those facing news no parent or family should ever have to face. And our hearts go out to the community that has lost teammates, coaches, friends, and mentors.
This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.
Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in almost every town – small and big – across Canada. Humboldt is no exception, and today the country and the entire hockey community stands with you.
I thank the first responders – the RCMP, the Provincial Response Team, and medical personnel – who worked tirelessly through the night, and continue to respond to this incredibly difficult situation with courage and professionalism.
To the entire Humboldt community: We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you.