As the condolences continue to pour in for the Humboldt Broncos players and staff killed in Friday’s crash near Tisdale, Sask., messages of support continue to come in to those on the bus who are now in hospital, including the team’s athletic therapist, Dayna Brons.
At a vigil held in Humboldt on Sunday night, Broncos president Kevin Garinger mentioned Brons is among other team members he asked for people to keep “in our thoughts and prayers.”
On Tuesday, one of Brons’ relatives told The Canadian Press she is in critical condition.
“It’s a waiting game now,” Dale Brons said, adding she suffered serious head trauma and has already undergone two surgeries.
“She’s on a breathing apparatus and still in an induced coma,” he said of Dayna, who hails from the Lake Lenore, Sask., area.
At a year-end press conference held on Monday to talk about the Edmonton Oilers’ 2017-18 season, head coach Todd McLellan brought up Brons and said it’s important people don’t forget about her just because she wasn’t a player.
McLellan was speaking one day after he and Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan were in Saskatoon to meet with Humbolt Broncos survivors who are recovering in hospital.
“One thing that I recognized in that situation … is that it’s the Humboldt Broncos, they play in the Saskatchewan Junior (Hockey) League, it’s a men’s or a male league,” he said. “(But) there was a female on that bus, a female (athletic therapist).”
“You know, everybody asks me, ‘How are the boys doing? How are the guys doing? Are they good? Do they need anything?’ She was a big part of that team too and she’s in the hospital and as … [people] use [just] the male term, they leave her out.
“She meant a lot to that team and does mean a lot to that community … She’s going through what all those other players are going through as well.”
Hayley Wickenheiser, a legendary women’s ice hockey player who retired from the sport last year, tweeted about Brons on Monday.
“The only girl on the boys team,” Wickenheiser’s tweet reads. “Dayna I’ve been thinking of you a lot! Praying you pull through.”
On Sunday, the Saskatchewan Swat lacrosse team posted about Brons on Instagram.
“Our (athletic therapist), Dayna Brons, and many others continue to fight in the hospital. For you, and those families that are suffering from this unbelievable tragedy we offer our unwavering support. #HumboldtStrong”
On the Facebook page for the University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, a post says Brons attended school there.
“Our hearts go out to Kinesiology and Health Studies grad Dayna Brons, who was a passenger on the Humboldt Broncos team bus and remains in hospital. We are praying for Dayna’s family and all others affected by this horrific event.”
In a news conference Monday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Health Authority said 12 people involved in the crash remain in hospital. Four of the injured are in critical condition.
View more tweets of support for Brons below.