Eleven months to the play offs, the Humboldt Broncos are returning after their bus crash.
The Bruins also were the top seed out of the Viterra Division and went 31-22-3
When his team bus crashed to a semi-truck at a rural intersection, a hockey team of 16 to 21-year-olds, the Broncos, were on the way to a play off game April 6 at Saskatchewan. The bus driver, the coach and general manager and 10 players of the team were on the list of 16. Thirteen others were injured.
The driver of the truck that hit the bus, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, pleaded guilty to all 2-9 counts of reckless driving that he faced.
Monday, morgan Gobeil, a defenseman for the Humboldt Broncos who was injured at the tragic 2018 bus crash, was released from the hospital.
Just two surviving players — Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter — came back to the team this season. This program was re built after tryouts last summer.
Because the area continues to heal, it has never been an easy year for the Broncos. Former NHL player Nathan Ostryk, that was hired in July as the GM and coach, resigned from the team in late December.
Scott Barney has been serving as interim coach.
Earlier in the week, defenseman Morgan Gobeil became the final Humboldt Bronco to become released from the hospital. The 19-year-old have been recovering from a serious head injury. Gobeil remains unable to walk or talk. His family published a stament which noted:”During his time at a medical facility, Morgan has celebrated his high school graduation, his brother’s wedding, his 19th birthday, a few festivals plus he’s watched the change of all four seasons.”
Another surviving player in the team, kaleb Dahlgren, went on to register at York University in 2013 where he is an associate of this hockey team. Meanwhile, the goalie Jacob Wassermann along with defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki were paralyzed at the crash and have changed their attention.
“virtually the second I awakened from the hospital, I decided I really wanted to test sled hockey,” Wassermann told ESPN in November. “And I was going to start as soon as possible.”
The players reunited on the ice for the first time in November within a sled hockey display at intermission of a Colorado Avalanche game.