The Boston Bruins and Toronto Raptors are among several teams across several professional sports leagues sending condolences to a junior hockey team after 15 of its players or coaches died in a bus crash late Friday.
The Humboldt Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), were traveling to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game at the start of the weekend when a transport truck collided with the team bus. Canadian police have confirmed that 15 of the bus' 28 passengers have died, while the other 13 have been transported to the hospital with injuries -- three of them critical.
Saturday morning, the Bruins tweeted that "our hearts are heavy this morning" and assured the Humboldt community that "the hockey world is with you at this time."
Our hearts are heavy this morning. The Boston Bruins send our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Humboldt Broncos, their families, and the entire Humboldt community.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 7, 2018
The hockey world is with you during this difficult time.
Thinking of the Humboldt Broncos and our friends in the hockey community at this terrible time. From Toronto to the Prairies, our thoughts and prayers are with you.— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 7, 2018
USA Hockey sends its deepest condolences to the Humboldt Broncos, the families and the entire Humboldt community. The hockey world is behind you.— USA Hockey (@usahockey) April 7, 2018