Ladysmith coordinates hockey stick memorial at FJCC for Humboldt Broncos

Pettie said the team does everything it can to ensure safety on those trips, including scheduling rest breaks for bus drivers, but he admits there have been some heart-in-your-throat moments like a trip to Merritt in a snowstorm last January that took nearly seven hours and delayed the scheduled start of that night's game against the Centennials.

"There are no words that could express the incredible support the hockey community has seen here", wrote Sylvie Kellington, a woman from Humboldt whose son played for the youth version of the team and who posted the fundraiser on the GoFundMe website on Friday night.

Wilby said both families are fully aware of the error and he thanked them for their professionalism, support and understanding in the matter. Fourteen others were injured in the crash, the cause of which the RCMP says is still under investigation. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau flew to the hospital Sunday to visit the injured before heading to the city of Humboldt for a vigil.

"And I can remember her, this is Parker, the mom, saying, "He's beginning to look more like our boy'".

Authorities mixed up the identities of one of the deceased and one of the survivors in the Humboldt Broncos crash, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice said Monday. The bus driver, Broncos head and assistant coach, and the young team's captain are all among the dead. "He didn't want to make any changes because they are such a great group of kids".

"It could have been any one of us", Murdocco said.

"I loved playing for the Broncos and I will always have a connection to the team", he said.

"His first game, we found a tin of mints and ever since then it's been alternating back and forth, buying mints for each other and sharing it as a joke".

The Broncos' team bus was struck by a semi-truck while traveling to a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks on Friday night.

The mother of former National Hockey League player Colby Armstrong, who is originally from Saskatchewan, offered a place to stay in Saskatoon to families impacted by the crash.

Xavier Labelle, 18, was described by his brother Isaac Labelle in an Instagram post.

"Although reality hasn't really set in yet, it is truly devastating to have lost so many close friends, brothers and awesome coaches".

The Canalta Hotels chain is also offering free rooms on Saturday in Melfort, Humboldt and Martensville, so family members can stay near the victims of the accident who are in hospital.

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