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All 15 victims of Humboldt Broncos bus crash identified

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Fifteen people are dead and 14 injured after the bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask., early Friday evening.

The RCMP has now released the names of all of the people who lost their lives in the crash.

The team was on its way to Game 5 of a semifinal against the Nipawin Hawks, also in Saskatchewan, when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. CST.

More names of those who died were confirmed throughout the day Sunday, as Humboldt, Sask., prepared for a nighttime vigil at the local arena.

The deceased included not only players, who were from all three Prairie provinces, but also the team’s longtime coach, his assistant coach, the bus driver, and two employees of Humboldt’s FM radio station. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Here’s what we know so far about the victims:

Darcy Haugan, 42

The Broncos head coach and general manager was the first person confirmed dead. He lived in Humboldt but was from Peace River, Alta. One of Haugan’s former players in Peace River, Bud Dyck, said the coach “never gave up on anybody. He was always there for every one of his players, always fought for every one of his players, always had their backs. … You wanted to win for him.” Haugan is survived by his wife Christine and their two sons.

Speaking at a news conference Sunday afternoon, Broncos team president Kevin Garinger, remembered Haugan as an incredible coach, husband and father. “These are his words, not mine. He talked about the fact that at the Humboldt Broncos we weren’t building hockey players — we were creating amazing young men.”

Brody Hinz, 18

Hinz compiled stats for the Humboldt Broncos and worked for local radio station 107.5 Bolt FM. Reid Gardiner, who plays mid-level professional hockey, knew Hinz and had this to say on Twitter: “He loved sports and knew more facts about [the Broncos] than anyone I knew.” His pastor in Humboldt says Hinz also taught Sunday school.

“Brody had recently joined our Golden West family, mentored by Tyler [Bieber] and the Bolt FM team,” Lyndon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station’s website. “Tragedy has hit our community and it reaches into every corner of life in Humboldt.”

Another company statement described Hinz as an intern still in high school.

Logan Schatz, 20

Schatz, a native of Allan, Sask., had played centre for the Broncos for four years and served as team captain for the past two and a half years. His father, Kelly Schatz, told The Canadian Press his son’s death is hard and that family members were seeking solace in one another.

Schatz was named the league’s player of the month in February after earning points in eight of nine games.

Jaxon Joseph, 20

The Edmonton native previously played for the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Playing forward, he was among the leading scorers in the SJHL playoffs, and had been playing on a line with Schatz.

Joseph’s former coach in B.C., Blaine Neufeld, said: “Something particular about Jaxon was that he had a particular smile. He lit up the room.”

In a profile published on the team’s website in January, Schatz paid tribute to Joseph and fellow linemate Conner Lukan.

“I’ve really clicked with Joseph and Lukan. I can’t say enough good things about them,” Schatz said.

Adam Herold, 16

Adam Herold, 16, of Montmatre, Sask., played with the Regina Pat Canadians midget AAA team team before joining the Broncos.

Canadians’ manager John Smith said he had the pleasure of knowing Herold for two years in his time with the team, calling him “one of the finest young men I had the pleasure of managing.”

From growing up on a farm, Herold brought a hard work ethic to the team, and was always ready to practice or help with tasks like loading the bus, Smith said.

“The world lost a fine upstanding young man.”

Mark Cross, 27

Cross was assistant coach of the Broncos and previously played for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He was also a forward on the York University Lions men’s hockey team.

“I can honestly say I didn’t know a more kind-hearted, generous, caring and overall nice person,” cousin Graeme Cross said in an online tribute.

“Mark was one of those people that just made you feel safe and brought a special spark when you were in his presence.”

Tyler Bieber

Bieber was a play-by-play radio announcer for the Broncos, and worked with Humboldt station 107.5 Bolt FM. A manager with the company that owns the station confirmed in an email to staff that Bieber died in the crash.

Steven Wilson, a co-worker in Weyburn, Sask., said it was Bieber’s first season announcing for the team. He also covered morning news.

“He definitely had a natural talent,” said Wilson. “He was just passionate about sports.”

Bieber also coached the Humbolt high school’s basketball and football teams.

Stephen Wack, 21

Wack was a defenceman, who had played for the Broncos for two seasons.

Alicia Wack, cousin of Stephen Wack, told The Canadian Press the 21-year-old did not survive the collision.

Wack’s younger brother, Justin Wack, said his brother was talented at making videos. He shared one of his brother’s videos on Twitter.

Logan Hunter, 18

Along with Adam Herold, Rene Cannon also billeted Logan Hunter and Xavier Labelle. She confirmed that Hunter and Labelle, both 18 years old, were among those killed.

Hunter, who played for the St. Albert Raiders before coming to Humboldt, had finished Grade 12 but was in the process of upgrading his marks and had taken his SATs in the past year.

“He had this smirk about him most of the time that might have made you think he was a little bit cocky but he was truly this kind soul, that lay down on the floor and spent time with our puppies,” she said, recalling his ever-ready willingness to play games or mini-stick matches with her children.

Xavier Labelle, 18

Labelle, originally from Saskatoon, was a defenceman for the Broncos who stayed with the Cannons for the past two years. Cannon described him as “mischievous” and “an incredible student,” as she not only billeted him but taught him in school.

“He just had a million things going for him.”

His father, Paul Labelle, told CBC News that his son’s name comes from the Arabic word for “bright star,” and that he was a kind-hearted young man who lived up to his name.

“He was fiercely protective of his family and his friends. He had a bit of a twinkle in his eyes and his smile,” said Paul Labelle. Xavier enjoyed board games and music, originally playing the cello before moving on to piano. “Mostly we’re going to miss his infectious smile and his beautiful hardy laugh.”

Conner Lukan, 21

Lukan, a forward on the team, was from Slave Lake, Alta. He joined the Broncos this season, after playing with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Kevin Garinger, team president of the Broncos, billeted Lukan. He remembered him this morning during an interview with the CBC’s Wendy Mesley.

Glen Doerksen

Doerksen was the driver of the bus. He worked for Charlie’s Charters, based in Tisdale, Sask.

Son Cameron Doerkson told CBC News his father was “a great family man.”

“He loved us kids, he loved this community … He kept our family always happy and he loved what he did. It wasn’t work for him. He loved driving all those boys, all those teams, and he did it with a smile on his face.”

Those who paid tribute to him on Facebook said he had a passion for hockey. Trevis Sturby, a manager with the North East Midge AA hockey club, called him a “great bus driver” who got players home safely on previous trips under bad road conditions.

The Kinistino Tigers, another hockey team that Doerksen drove to and from playoff games, posted a tribute on Twitter.

“In talking to him, he spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games.

“We will never forget the smile on your face as we left Allan [Sask.] after winning the Championship and got you to give ‘two honks for the Cup.’ Tonight Glen, we give two honks for you. Rest easy sir.”

Evan Thomas, 18

Thomas played right wing for the team and was from Saskatoon.

His father, Scott Thomas, said Evan was the “kind of kid any dad would be proud to call his” own. “He was a self-driven, motivated, retrospective, quiet, confident and very self-assured young man.”

It was the 18-year-old’s first season as a forward with the Humboldt Broncos. His dad says he was an athlete, playing both hockey and baseball, as well as a strong student.

Taryn Warford, whose parents billetted Thomas, said on Instagram, “It was an honour to have you be a part of our family this hockey season, Evan. You will forever be in our hearts.”

Jacob Leicht, 19


Leicht went St. Dominic School for elementary and Humboldt Collegiate Institute for high school.

Logan Boulet, 21

The Lethbridge, Alta., player was on life support so his organs could be donated.

Boulet was described as a “caring, humble and genuine man who would do anything for anyone before himself.”

His organs were expected to save at least six lives.

er Leicht, a Humboldt native, was also among the deceased, Father Joseph Salihu of St. Augustine Catholic Church, told CBC News. He first played for the Broncos organization as a bantam AA player in 2013.


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