Robert: Humboldt Broncos return to the ice tonight
The Humbodlt Broncos junior hockey team was involved in a horrific bus crash this past April that killed 16 and injured 13 players and crew. It was a tragic event that was mourned by the entire country. Tonight, the team will lace up their skates for the first time since the crash in what will undoubtedly be an emotional game of hockey.
“I’m just trying to stay focused on the game,” says Brayden Camrud. “We still have a job to do. We have a team this year, and we’ve got to win. That’s where I’m trying to lay all my focus.” Brayden is only one of two players who survived the crash and will be returning to the team this season.
To those who will be attendance tonight, they’ll noitice that no player on the team will be wearing the captain’s “C”. In memory of Logan Shatz, the last player to be named captain before the crash, the Broncos coaching staff have elected to keep the captain position open. “It’s a way for us to honour Logan from last year,” says new head coach Nathan Oystrick. “He didn’t get to finish the job.”
A special ceremony will be held after the game to honour the players and staff that were lost. Camrud says he’s been holding back his emotions, but will “let go” once the final buzzer sounds. “Whatever emotions I have can just take over me. I can just be overwhelmed, you know. It doesn’t really matter.”
Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured on April 6 when the team bus was hit by a tractor-trailer that police say failed to stop at a red flashing light. The driver faces multiple charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.