Canada Nipawin's team faces daunting bus ride after Humboldt crash

15:46  14 april  2018
15:46  14 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were headed to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game Friday night when the crash happened north of Tisdale, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Long bus rides .

victims identified after Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was on their way to Nipawin for Game 5 of the SJHL semifinal series when the fatal collision took place around 5 p.m.

a man standing in front of a store: His team was nervous about getting on a bus after what happened to the Humboldt Broncos, so Nipawin Hawks coach Doug Johnson took them for a practice run.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation His team was nervous about getting on a bus after what happened to the Humboldt Broncos, so Nipawin Hawks coach Doug Johnson took them for a practice run.

Doug Johnson admits he hasn't been thinking about hockey much during the last week.

Johnson coaches the Nipawin Hawks, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team that was supposed to play the Humboldt Broncos on April 6. Then came the bus crash that killed 16 people and changed everything.

Johnson's team had its first post-crash practice earlier this week.

Now the team is heading toward two more emotionally heavy events: the league's first game — the Hawks vs. the Estevan Bruins — since the crash, and a five-and-a-half hour bus ride to Estevan on Tuesday for a follow-up game.

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“We will never forget the smile on your face as we left Allan after winning the championship and got you to give ‘two honks for the cup,'” they The Broncos had been heading to Nipawin for a playoff game when the crash happened. Body in Humboldt Broncos bus crash misidentified: justice ministry.

A bus , top, en route to Nipawin carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed into a truck Friday night, killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital.(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP). Trucking company suspended after Humboldt bus crash .

Johnson realized a trip on a bus might not be easy for his players. But, he said, the next step toward getting things back to normal was simple.

"Just get back on and get moving," he said.

'Some apprehension'

"There was some fear, there was some apprehension about getting on a bus," he said of his players.

So, at the team psychologist's suggestion, Johnson borrowed a bus from another team and took his players for a short practice run.

Their destination was a steak barbecue at a cabin at Tobin Lake, northeast of Nipawin.

a group of people on a beach: The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night collided with a semi-trailer, killing 16 and injuring 13 others.© Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night collided with a semi-trailer, killing 16 and injuring 13 others.

Johnson brought his three-year-old daughter for the ride, "just maybe to loosen the mood and show the guys how safe I believe the bus was."

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Members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were headed to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game Friday night when the crash happened north of Tisdale, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Long bus rides .

The boys are on drips and one of them is fitted with a neck brace - with the gravity of the crash clearly etched on all of their faces . The team were on their way to play the Nipawin Hawks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey The accident being talked about involved Humboldt team bus .

The ride was quiet at first, he said.

"Then the volume steadily increased as it went on and then, on the way back, it was back to a normal bus ride," he said.

'Part of the healing process'

Team captain Brett Harasymuk admitted at a Hawks practice earlier this week that some players were also uneasy about getting back on the ice.

"Some people were saying, 'Why are we doing this? Why hasn't the league been shut down for this?'" he said.

"But I think the sooner we get on the ice, and get back to normal, it's all part of the healing process."

As for Tuesday's game, and the trip it requires, "We're going to leave Monday, a day before," said Johnson.

"We're going to give ourselves lots of time if there are any issues that arise, although we don't think there will be.

"There's been over a million miles on a bus, probably more, in my life, and I never had a fender bender."

a close up of a map: The Hawks rode to a steak barbecue at a cabin at Tobin Lake, northeast of Nipawin.© Google Maps The Hawks rode to a steak barbecue at a cabin at Tobin Lake, northeast of Nipawin.
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