The mother of one of the Humboldt Broncos says she is "flying blind" into Saskatoon to see her son, one of 15 players injured when a semi-truck crashed into the team's bus on Friday night. Three of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
"The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a Junior 'A" hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
Matthieu Gomercic was on the bus when it was involved in a crash with a semi-truck on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan Friday.
The Broncos were traveling for Game 5 of a semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks.
"Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive", he said.
The Canalta Hotels chain is also offering free rooms on Saturday in Melfort, Humboldt and Martensville, so family members can stay near the victims of the accident who are in hospital.
"My worst fear as a player and a parent", she said.
"You start recalling the bus rides that you took across Canada to play hockey games - about all the junior players that are still traveling by bus in Canada and the United States, " Giles said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for Humboldt.
"Our hockey community is a tight-knit family", it said.
Garinger, who has one of the players living in his home, said they still do not know his fate.
There is a GoFundMe account set up to help the victims and their families.
"Every Swift Current minor hockey team, and we did as well, we play with the clover with the four numbers on it (on our jerseys)".
"We just need to try to support each other as we deal with this incredible loss to our community, to our province, to our hockey world".More news: Mexican Senate slams Trump's bid to militarise border
We pray for those families and think about them, and I don't know what else you say.
"We don't know who has passed and we don't expect to know right away", he said.
Humboldt mayor Rob Muench, in the Broncos team jersey, along with other mourners placed flowers on the stairs that enter to Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. "We know that the coroner and their office needs to do their work and let families know". "That's kind of your safe spot", said Connolly, who played junior league hockey in Saskatchewan.
Emergency crews block the highway near the site of a bus crash near Nipawin, Sask., Friday, April 6, 2018.
The Grande Prairie Storm Business Manager Coach Dennis Rix says this is "the worst nightmare of any hockey team" and couldn't imagine his team being in that situation.
"I loved every minute of it", said Rielly, who lived in the towns while playing for the WHL.
"It's got to rip the heart out of your chest", said Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon.
The STARS Air Ambulance service said two of its helicopters flew to the scene.
"He will always be a great man in our hearts", his sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne.
Jaxon Joseph, son of former National Hockey League defenseman Chris Joseph, is also among the dead, according to Sportsnet Canada.
Broncos president Kevin Garinger stated: "Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy".
The collision brought back memories of a single vehicle bus crash in December 1986, also in Saskatchewan, that killed four members of the Western Hockey League Swift Current Broncos.
Humboldt players range in age from 16 to 21, according to an online team roster.