Fourteen Killed as Junior Hockey Team's Bus Crashes in Canada

Police have yet to release names of the victims and would not say whether players or coaches were among the dead.

RCMP are expected to provide another update at around 10 a.m.

A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital.

"In Saskatchewan, every community is fairly small, so everybody knows everybody", said Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau, a Saskatchewan native.

Adam Lowry, a centre with the Winnipeg Jets, played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos and remembers how the bus crash has stayed with the community.

Broncos president Kevin Garinger says the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team includes players from Edmonton, Slave Lake and Airdrie in Alberta and from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Humboldt, the Broncos' hometown, is a city with a population of 6,000. Everyone must be shocked, that's for sure, "adds Jonathan Parisien". The bus reportedly hit a semi-trailer, according to preliminary information.

STARS air ambulance said it sent three helicopters to the scene.

In a statement on Facebook, Saskatchewan premier said: "Words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathy to the Humboldt community in a tweet, saying he was "unable to imagine" what the team's parents must be going through. "My heart goes out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy", he said.

Victims families were directed to Nipawin Apostolic Church for information and support.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed 14 of the 28 people on the bus had died, including the driver.

'It's bad. It's absolutely awful'. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive". "These kids families and friends are all searching for the correct info".

'It's a awful accident, my God, ' Hawks executive Darren Opp said in remarks reported by CTV.

In addition to the 14 dead, 15 others were injured in the crash.

"There's uncles and moms and dads waiting to hear whether their sons and nephews are OK", he said.

Jonathan Parisien, now 27, remembers a few months in Humboldt.

"I've really clicked with Joseph and Lukan". We were two Quebeckers that year, and we were very well received.

"We drove to Kamloops, B.C., from Wilcox", said Rielly, now a defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We don't know who has passed, and we don't expect to know right away", Garinger said. He does not know if Quebeckers were in the lineup this year.

RCMP say there are multiple fatalities following a collision between a bus and a semi in northern Saskatchewan. Their team list shows the players are aged between 16 and 21, the BBC reports.

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