The Powell River Kings are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving the team bus of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos during the evening of Friday, April 6th. 15 Bronco players, staff and media were killed when the bus collided with a tractor trailer, while en route to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. The remaining 14 people on the bus were injured and taken to hospitals in the region.
“You think of the thousands of players that play hockey across the country and around the world, the hours they spend on buses,” said Kings interim Head Coach Brock Sawyer. “It hits close to home for us having just gotten off a bus for 16 hours ourselves and the hockey community is so close, with some of our guys impacted through losing friends or former team mates and opponents.”
In an effort to support the Humboldt Broncos, the Kings are inviting fans down to the Hap Parker at Noon on Sunday, April 8th to show support and solidarity for those in Saskatchewan. The Kings will be collecting donations at the event, with all money raised being matched by the Kings organization.
“From our organization, to them, our thoughts and prayers are with the Humboldt Broncos organization, the community of Humboldt and all the players, parents, billet families and everything impacted by this,” added Sawyer. “It’s tough to talk about this, to deal with this, but know the hockey community is behind them and we wish nothing but the best for them moving forward.”