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Wilson said he filled in a few times for Bieber because he was also busy coaching the Humboldt high school's basketball and football teams.

The bus was carrying 28 people, including the driver. "The NHL mourns the passing of those who perished and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they all love". He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, Curtis Zablocki, the assistant commissioner with the Saskatchewan RCMP, outlined the bare facts of the case. It definitely hits home.

"I think they're here until they're not needed, and that may be a while yet", Muench said. "As neighbors, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you", he said.

"And it's always a thought in parents' and fans' minds about what could happen, and unfortunately it has happened in Humboldt".

Like many small towns across Canada, hockey is stitched into the identity of Humboldt, a farming and potash mining hub 87 miles northeast of Saskatoon.

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"Even in his eventual passing, he will be a selfless hero", his family said in a statement obtained by Canada's Global News.

Humboldt players range in age from 16 to 21, according to an online team roster.

There's still an insular feel in Humboldt as residents struggle with shock and grief, but they're fully aware that the wider world shares their profound sadness.

"It's very important, along with everyone, to do a prayer for all the families that are affected and to the town of Humboldt and the Humboldt Broncos organization", Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte said.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their huge loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

A memorial formed Saturday at the stairs that lead to Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Daigon Elny, a member of last year's team, told CBC, "We were a family". Three of those injured are in critical condition, according to the RCMP.

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Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend a vigil for the team in Humboldt tonight.

"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this bad tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Trudeau tweeted.

President Trump also tweeted his condolences. "May God be with them all!" Fifteen people were killed and at least 14 others injured.

Friday's crash brought back memories of another highway accident that claimed the lives of hockey players in Saskatchewan. During a big snowstorm this past winter, they all went out to shovel people's driveways, former Mayor Malcolm Eaton said.

"On behalf of the Prince Albert Grand Council chiefs and the senators that we take advice from, we extend, of course, our sincerest condolences", Hardlotte said.

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