Canadian Hockey Team That Lost 16 People Bus Crash Takes The Ice Again — At Sold-Out Stadium

Jena Greene | Reporter

The Humboldt Broncos, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team that lost 16 people in a tragic bus crash earlier this spring, got an emotional welcoming back to the ice on Wednesday night.

The game was the team’s first since 16 of their members — including 10 players — were killed in a fatal bus crash. An additional 13 were injured. (RELATED: 15 DEAD IN SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY TEAM BUS CRASH)

The Broncos honored their fallen buddies at a completely sold out stadium ahead of the game. And when they scored their first goal of the night, the crowd went absolutely wild. The team ultimately ended up losing 2–1 against the Nipawin Hawks, but you can bet they were amped just to get back on the ice in the wake of tragedy. (RELATED: JAGUARS ALL-PRO JALEN RAMSEY SAYS HE COULD MAKE THE NHL)

Only two survivors, Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter, returned to the ice. The team honored their late friends’ memories by hanging their jersey numbers in the rafters after the game.

It’s moments like these that remind you just how important sports are. They bring us together after tragedies and they (should) supersede everything from peripheral political bickering to national crises. It’s an escape and a reason for people to step outside of themselves and fight on a team for a greater purpose.

Congrats to the Humboldt Broncos for their resilience and a hard-fought game.

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