April 9, 2018 1:13 pm
Updated: April 9, 2018 3:48 pm

SJHL announces new support program for players after Humboldt Broncos bus crash

WATCH: The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Federated Co-op announced Monday it would establish the SJHL assistance program to raise money for the Humboldt Broncos and provide support for all players

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Officials from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will be announcing a new program to support all players of the league affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus and semi-truck crash that killed 15 people Friday.

The victims of the crash include Broncos captain Logan Schatz, along with nine other players, coaches Darcy Haugun and Mark Cross, the team’s statistician, a radio play-by-play announcer and the driver of the bus. More than a dozen other Broncos players and staff were injured. The truck driver survived.

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SJHL president Bill Chow broke down in tears Saturday as he called the crash “the worst nightmare that could happen.”

The team was headed to Nipawin to play a semi-final game against the Hawks. On Saturday Chow said it was too early to comment on what the SJHL will do to proceed with playoffs.

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“We will have conversations as to what the Humboldt Broncos want to do,” Chow said.

“We will then have discussions with our governors of the league and whatever decision we make, we’re going to do what we think is in the best interests of the league.”

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In a release, the league said Federated Co-operatives Ltd. CEO Scott Banda will make a contribution on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada as the first donor to the new program.

Details of the program will be revealed at 11:30 MT.

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