CALGARY — Because the nation continues to mourn the deaths of 14 individuals killed within the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, former NHL participant Sheldon Kennedy says he can relate to the grief persons are feeling within the tragedy’s wake.
RCMP mentioned the crash occurred at round 5 p.m. Friday when a truck collided with a bus carrying the junior hockey group to a playoff sport in northeastern Saskatchewan.
Kennedy mentioned this case made him take into consideration the Swift Present Broncos crash in 1986 the place 4 of his teammates had been killed.
His group’s bus had hit a patch of ice and crashed whereas the hockey group was en path to Regina.
“Being in that kind of scenario earlier than, I simply knew the state of shock and the confusion that comes together with this kind of tragedy,” mentioned Kennedy in a cellphone interview from Calgary on Saturday. “My ideas are with the households, and the billet households, and the primary responders, and anybody concerned within the rapid response, as a result of it’s simply horrific and it’s actually onerous to elucidate.”
Police say there have been 29 individuals together with the driving force on board the Humboldt Broncos bus, and those that weren’t killed within the collision are in hospital.
Kennedy mentioned it’s essential for everybody concerned — together with these injured, first responders, and the households of the victims – to speak via their emotions in regards to the tragedy.
“I believe one factor that we underestimate with the impression of trauma, and PTSD, and going via issues like this, is the magnitude of the impression,” he says. “That’s what I can’t stress sufficient.”
Humboldt Broncos supervisor Kevin Garinger mentioned the Broncos are a close-knit group from the small metropolis of about 6,000 individuals 110 kilometres east of Saskatoon.
Kennedy mentioned the collective trauma is far-reaching and residual.
“The most important factor is, we simply gotta assist that group proper now as a result of they’re going to be needing it.”