April 11, 2018 6:08 pm
Updated: April 14, 2018 4:44 pm

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to finish season after Humboldt Broncos crash

WATCH ABOVE: The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will carry on and finish off the 2017-2018 season after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Ryan Flaherty reports.

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A decision was made on Wednesday for the 2017-18 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) season to carry on after the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Sixteen people have died since the horrific collision between the Broncos’ bus and a semi-trailer on April 6 north of Tisdale. The team was on the way to a semi-final playoff game in Nipawin at the time.

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RCMP said 13 other people were injured and three players have since been released from hospital.

Representatives from each SJHL hockey team, which forms the league’s Board of Governors, had a conference call to decide on whether the league finals would move forward or cease for the end of the season.

“We had a gruelling decision to make with respect on how we can pay tribute and honour the Humboldt Broncos,” SJHL President Bill Chow said in a press release.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, this intensive decision has been made and that decision is to carry through and finish off the 2017-2018 season. The league will play hockey.”

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The message, “The power of healing is in the game,” was sent out from the Broncos’ board.

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The schedule for the SJHL final between the Estevan Bruins and the Nipawin Hawks is as follows:

  • Game 1 – April 14 @ 7:30 p.m. CT in Nipawin;
  • Game 2 – April 15 @ 7:30 p.m. in Nipawin;
  • Game 3 – April 17 @ 7:30 p.m. in Estevan;
  • Game 4 – April 18 @ 7:30 p.m. in Estevan;
  • Game 5 – April 20 @ 7:30 p.m. in Nipawin;
  • Game 6 – April 22 @ 7:30 p.m. in Estevan; and
  • Game 7 – April 24 @ 7:30 p.m. in Nipawin.

SJHL officials said there will be other special announcements made from other organizations in the near future.

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