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Injured player who returned to Humboldt Broncos leaves team to recover at home

Tyler Smith suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm in the Humboldt Broncos bush crash back in April. The Canadian Press/HO-Tyler Smith

An injured player who returned to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team earlier this month has decided to step away.

Tyler Smith, 20, said in a social media post that he is thankful for all the support from the team, its fans and his billets for welcoming him back to Humboldt.

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But he says he has decided to step away from the team so he can continue his recovery at home.

Smith suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm when the team’s bus collided with a semi-trailer at a Saskatchewan intersection in April. Sixteen people died in the crash and 13 others were injured.

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The six-foot-one, 185-pound forward from Leduc, Alta., was one of three survivors who returned to the team this season.

Smith joined in early November and played 10 games, recording one assist.

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His coach, Nathan Oystrick, thanked Smith for his dedication to the Broncos on and off the ice.

“Tyler’s perseverance and commitment to being a part of our organization is inspiring to our Broncos family,” Oystrick said in a statement.

“Smitty, I wish you all the best and look forward to following your success in whatever you choose to do.”

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