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Humboldt Broncos crash victim’s jersey retired by former team Moose Jaw Generals

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WATCH ABOVE: A memorial service was held Monday afternoon in Saskatoon for Evan Thomas, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Ryan Kessler reports – Apr 16, 2018

The Moose Jaw Generals retired No. 9 Thursday in honour of Evan Thomas, who was killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

A pre-game ceremony was held by the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) team as a memorial banner was raised to the rafters at Mosaic Place.

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The Saskatoon native played with the Generals during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, during which time he recorded 63 points.

“To have Evan recognized here forever is quite a thing for us. We’re going to be able to come back and see his number up there. It will definitely … put a little warmth in our hearts when we see it up there for sure,” Evan’s father Scott Thomas said.

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Evan, 18, was in his first season as a forward with the Junior A hockey team when he died in the collision between the Broncos’ bus and a semi-trailer on April 6. Sixteen players and staff were killed in the crash and 13 others were injured.

The Generals lost to the Notre Dame Argos 3-2 in SMAAAHL action.

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