September 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Updated: September 12, 2018 9:40 pm

Fans fill up arena for Humboldt Broncos’ first game since tragic bus crash

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HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Fans are filling up the sold-out Elgar Petersen Arena to watch the Humboldt Broncos play their first game since a bus crash claimed 16 lives in April.

Many are wearing green and yellow, the Saskatchewan junior A hockey team’s colours, which have become familiar to most Canadians since the tragedy.

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Season-ticket holder Les Braun is expecting it to be an emotional night, especially for the families of the players.

Humboldt Mayor Robert Muench says he thinks the game marks a new chapter in the history of his city.

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Only two players who survived remain on the Broncos roster this season – Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter.

Other survivors, including Kaleb Dahlgren, who is now playing university hockey in Ontario, are on hand to cheer them on.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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