April 17, 2018 10:21 pm
Updated: April 18, 2018 11:15 am

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid visits Humboldt Broncos players in hospital

WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said Tuesday that he hopes his visit to the Humboldt Broncos players in hospital helped to "put some smiles on some faces" and called the visit to Saskatchewan an emotional experience.

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Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid travelled to Humboldt and Saskatoon on Tuesday — with Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres and junior hockey executive Sherry Bassin — to visit some of the families impacted and players injured in a devastating bus crash on April 6.

READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers mourn victims of Humboldt Broncos bus crash 

The NHL phenom said he wanted the trip to be low-key and personal for the players and their families.

“This isn’t supposed to be a media event,” McDavid said.

“This is supposed to be what it is … and that’s trying to bring smiles to faces. I hope we did that here today.”

McDavid visited the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

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He also went to Humboldt, where he, O’Reilly and Bassin visited schools, toured the local arena and spoke to families.

“[To] visit a community that’s obviously hurting and try to help them in any way we can … whether it’s in the smallest way possible, I think it’s worth it,” McDavid said.

“It’s worth every little bit — every little second — to be here.”

On April 6, the Humboldt Broncos team bus collided with a semi-truck while en route to an SJHL playoff game.

READ MORE: ‘Heartbroken and completely devastated’: 15 dead in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Sixteen people were killed as a result of the crash.

As of Tuesday afternoon, nine people remained in hospital; two in critical condition.

Watch below: Members of the Edmonton Oilers react to the devastating Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

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