Canada 'Rest in peace, Tobs:' Best friend mourns Humboldt goalie's death

08:29  10 april  2018
08:29  10 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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On Monday, he found out that Humboldt Broncos goalie Parker Tobin was among the dead . You were a best friend , a goalie partner for so many years and an amazing person to be around. Rest In Peace Tobs , love you forever buddy, one day we will meet again ❤️ a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Brandon Ewanchyshyn, left, and Parker Tobin were best friends who grew up playing hockey together.© Brandon Ewanchyshyn Brandon Ewanchyshyn, left, and Parker Tobin were best friends who grew up playing hockey together.

All weekend, Brandon Ewanchyshyn collected messages of support to share with his best friend, who he thought was recovering in a hospital bed.

On Monday, he found out that Humboldt Broncos goalie Parker Tobin was among the dead.

"I was trying to keep a record of all the support," said Ewanchyshyn, the 18-year-old media director for the Spruce Grove Saints, where his friend "Tobs" played before his trade to the Broncos. "Finding out that he's never going to be able to see any of that really hurts."

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On Monday, he found out that Humboldt Broncos goalie Parker Tobin was among the dead . Brandon Ewanchyshyn and Parker Tobin were goalie partners for years. See also: Body in Humboldt Broncos bus crash misidentified: justice ministry. ' Rest in peace , Tobs :' Best friend mourns

The news came Monday morning, when Saskatchewan government officials announced that two players had been misidentified.

Xavier Labelle, previously reported as dead, was actually alive. Tobin, who loved ones believed all weekend had survived the crash, was among the 15 who died. Fourteen others were injured when the team's bus and a transport truck collided Friday on a Saskatchewan highway.

Parker Tobin's family has asked for privacy at this time.

'Always positive'

Ewanchyshyn said he and Tobin, 18, were about five years old when they first laced up skates for initiation hockey, working their way up the ranks to midget.

He said his friend "was always positive," no matter what the circumstance.

In their teens, the friends worked in the announcing booth for the Stony Plain Flyers, where Ewanchyshyn played music and Tobin called the games.

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"It was a great time," Ewanchyshyn said. "And of course, we would share laughs, we would talk about everything up there, regardless of what was happening on the ice. Some of my favourite moments with him were in that sound booth in Stony Plain."

Ewanchyshyn said if his friend had survived the crash, his upbeat outlook would have allowed him to make the most of his life. He envisioned Tobin coaching kids or using his public speaking skills to one day talk about the accident.

It's that same positivity that Ewanchyshyn thinks will help him deal with the loss of his friend.

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