Canada Winnipegger injured in Sask. bus crash went straight to vigil from hospital: mother

03:15  10 april  2018
03:15  10 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Humboldt Strong: Vigil planned tonight at home arena of Broncos

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The public will get its first chance Sunday night to mourn alongside the families of those killed and injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash . “Tonight is going to be hard for our community,” said Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench hours before the vigil .

Fourteen people were injured in the crash , including two critically. One team member’s father, Tom Straschnitzki, said his son Ryan was in hospital End of Twitter post by @ sask _hockey. The young athletes who play in the competitions like the Saskatchewan league often go on to play for colleges

a man holding a sign: Matthieu Gomercic plays for the Humboldt Broncos and was on the bus when it crashed, but survived the crash.© Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Matthieu Gomercic plays for the Humboldt Broncos and was on the bus when it crashed, but survived the crash.

A Winnipeg-born player with the Humboldt Broncos, who survived the team's fatal bus crash Friday, made it to Sunday's vigil after being released from hospital the same day, says his mother.

Hundreds of people gathered in Humboldt Sask. Sunday night to pay respects to the victims of the crash, which killed 15 people and injured 14.

While Matthieu Gomercic's mom told CBC News she isn't ready to speak publicly just yet, she confirmed the 20-year-old, who escaped with minor injuries, headed straight to the Humboldt arena upon his release.

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The vigil took place Sunday night at the Broncos home arena in central Saskatchewan. Fourteen were injured in the crash . One has been released from hospital . VIDEO: Athletes, teams honour victims of Humboldt Broncos deadly bus crash .

Go to DASHBOARD > Appearance > Menus to set up the menu. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will join a crowd expected to number in the hundreds Sunday night during a vigil to mourn and support the victims of the tragic bus crash .

He really wanted to be there, she said.

It's that kind of dedication that endeared Gomercic to Donna Mikkola. Her family billeted him for two years while he played for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Steinbach Pistons.

"Matthieu is awesome… every moment that he was here was precious," Mikkola said Monday from her home in Steinbach.

"He's not our son, I know, but we think of him as our son."

Mikkola says they've had nine players stay with them over the years. Some stay temporarily while others, like Gomercic, become part of the family. The forward even has keys to the family's home and still stops by just to visit.

"He knows where the fridge is and he knows where his room is," said Mikkola.

The wreckage of the fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night.© Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press The wreckage of the fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night.

'Just heart-wrenching'

Mikkola and her husband Dave had just finished watching Gomercic's former team, the Pistons, play the Virden Oil Capitals in the first round of the MJHL's finals in Steinbach, when they heard about crash.

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Saskatchewan RCMP says that 15 people died when the Saskatchewan Major Junior The hockey team's bus crashed with a semi-trailer on Friday near Tisdale, Sask ., About 200 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon. Another 14 people were injured , some critically. Former Winnipegger Dan Lambert

Prince suffered a broken leg and injuries to her right hand as a result of the bus crash . “When I went , I saw her in an injured condition crying. Her foot had a bruise Prince’s daughter, 4th and 5th left, her mother , furthest right and other relatives and friends after the vigil Monday night. (iWN photo).

Her daughter called to say she'd heard Gomercic had survived.

"It was just such a tremendous relief but at the same time guilt," Mikkola said of getting the call.

"I'm so happy that Matt's alive but I feel guilty about being happy … because there's so many others that don't have that feeling of joy that their child made it.

"It was just heart-wrenching."

a close up of a fence: Game two of the series between the Virden Oil Capitals and Steinbach Pistons was to be played Sunday in Virden, however the MJHL postponed the game.© Riley Laychuk/CBC Game two of the series between the Virden Oil Capitals and Steinbach Pistons was to be played Sunday in Virden, however the MJHL postponed the game.

An emotional series

Mikkola spoke to Gomercic over the phone Saturday, and says she knows he'll need time to recover.

"This is something that is so traumatic; I think everybody's going to take more time than we can ever imagine to come to terms with everything," she said.

Game two between the Pistons and Oil Capitals was scheduled to be played Sunday night in Virden, but the MJHL decided to postpone the game out of respect for the Broncos. Today the MJHL announced the series will resume on April 12.

Mikkola says the next game will be emotional.

"It really doesn't matter what team it is, if you're involved in hockey… they're playing the game they love and you just feel for everybody," she said.

"It could have happened anywhere to any team."

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