Humboldt Broncos remembered at league championship opener

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) A moment of silence was held before Game 1 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final Saturday night to honor the Humboldt Broncos players and staff killed in a bus crash.

Players from the Nipawin Hawks and Estevan Bruins formed a circle around center ice to honor the 16 people who died after the bus collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale on April 6. Thirteen others 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 in Nipawin during the ceremony. Hawks players wore green helmets to honor the Broncos in the warmups and both teams were wore Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys.

Among those in attendance for the game were Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench.

Former NHL goalie Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon died in the crash, tweeted before the game: ”Tonight I cheer for SJHL!!! Go Hawks, Go Bruins. We’re all so happy you are playing.”