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Moment of silence held for Humboldt Broncos before Game 1 of SJHL final

1st SJHL game since Humboldt Broncos bus crash
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A moment of silence was held before Game 1 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final on Saturday to honour members of the Humboldt Broncos who were killed in a bus crash.

Players from both the Nipawin Hawks and Estevan Bruins formed a circle around centre ice to honour the 16 who died after the team’s bus collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale on April 6. Thirteen others were injured.

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WATCH: Estevan Bruins, Nipawin Hawks pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos before Saturday’s game
Estevan Bruins, Nipawin Hawks pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos before Saturday’s game
Estevan Bruins, Nipawin Hawks pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos before Saturday’s game

The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin when the crash happened.

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A faint sound of sobbing was heard in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 at Centennial Arena in Nipawin during the ceremony.

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Hawks players wore green helmets to honour the Broncos in warm-up and both teams were wearing Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys.

First responders were honoured and walked out onto the ice to a standing ovation.