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Humboldt Broncos player Nick Shumlanski commits to UPEI Panthers

Humboldt Broncos' Nick Shumlanski is comforted by a mourner during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident in Humboldt, Sask. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Humboldt Broncos' Nick Shumlanski is comforted by a mourner during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident in Humboldt, Sask. on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press

Nick Shumlanski’s dream of playing hockey will continue this fall in eastern Canada.

Shumlanski, who is from Tisdale, Sask., has committed to play with the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.

He was one of 13 people injured on April 6 when the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos collided with a tractor-trailer at an eastern Saskatchewan intersection.

Sixteen people on the bus were killed.

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Shumlanski, 21, said he does not talk publicly about the crash, preferring to leave those conversations between family and friends.

“It’s something that changes you forever. It’s definitely something that’s always going to be a part of me,” he said in a statement posted by the UPEI Panthers on their website.

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“It was one of the closest teams that I’ve ever played on. I hear a lot of the guys say that you have to kind of carry on their destiny, and I feel like that’s something that I am doing as well.

“I still want to play hockey and do it for the boys as well.”

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Three other members of the team injured in the crash have committed to university hockey this fall.

Matthieu Gomercic and Bryce Fiske have both signed with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.

Kaleb Dahlgren has committed to playing for the Lions hockey team at Toronto’s York University.

-With a file from The Canadian Press