Broncos will not pass memorial site on way to Nipawin

By paNOW Staff
September 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Humboldt Broncos will not be retracing the tragic steps of April 6 for their first road game of the new SJHL season.

The team travels to Nipawin today for their game against the Hawks tonight but the players and coaching staff will not have the distraction of the memorial site to deal with as they prepare for the game.

A release issued by the communications organization handling the team’s media affairs confirmed the team bus would not be passing the crash site on the way to the game.

It was just over five months ago that the team bus – on its way to a play-off game in Nipawin — collided with a semi at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335, killing 16 and injuring another 13 people.

On Friday, the Broncos' organization confirmed the team recently travelled to the memorial site along the highway. On Sunday, players and personnel travelled to pay their respects. According to a media statement “the visit was optional, with some players choosing not to attend for various personal reasons, including that they had been to the site already."

The statement added the team was grateful for the Melfort and Nipawin RCMP detachments for their support before and during the team’s time on the memorial site.  

The team made a request to the media Friday to respect the wishes of the players and personnel and not cover the team’s bus journey to Nipawin.

 

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