Forward Evan Thomas died in Humboldt Broncos team bus crash — CP NewsAlert

Forward Evan Thomas died in Humboldt Broncos team bus crash — CP NewsAlert

The coroner misidentified two of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players involved in a fatal bus crash, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Dental records are the best way to ensure an identification is accurate, and it takes time to procure those records, especially considering some of the players hail from British Columbia, a province hundreds of miles to the west, the spokesman said.

"Last night can only be described as the longest, worst and most tragic night of my career", hospital doctor Hassan McMasri said in a Facebook post.

"A lot of these boys looked alike", Drew Wilby said. They had the blond hair that was supportive of their team for their playoff run. "They had very similar builds".

"Now I don't know what goes on now".

"He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate", the father said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. The Locke family housed Joseph and treated him like a son.

Parker Tobin, an 18-year-old goalie from Stony Plain, Alta., was first listed in stable condition.

Meanwhile, Xavier Labelle's family had confirmed his death, with his brother Isaac writing in an Instagram post that he was heartbroken.

Rob Eichorst, a team official, told Reuters that Sunday's interdenominational vigil was organized by local religious leaders "for healing of the community, the hockey team, the province, the country" and will be attended by Humboldt mayor Rob Muench, among others.

"It's hard to comprehend that", he said.

People laid flowers in a circle around centre ice in the rink as family and friends of players listened to prayers and hymns. "It's not about understanding anything".

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The victims were remembered during a vigil at Humboldt's Hockey Arena. The crash happened at about 5 p.m. Friday. We're behind you.' here's a poem that I wrote.

The small town's disaster was a blow, too, for Canada and its national sport.

"We are not confirming the identity of the victims at this time, including whether the deceased are players or coaches", the police said in a statement early Saturday morning.

The league's commissioner Gary Bettman said 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".

"To sit and hold the hand of a lifeless body".

Norman Mattock, a longtime season ticket holder, said his neighbor housed player Morgan Gobeil. And I had nothing. "Nothing. I'm a pastor, I'm supposed to have something".

A crash between a transport truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team in Western Canada left multiple people dead and others seriously injured, Canadian police said late on Friday.

Mr Garinger, the team president, choked back tears as he read out the names of the 15 dead to those at the vigil.

People embraced each other, crying. Boxes of tissues were passed down rows. Pictures of the dead and injured stood in front of the audience. Ted Munro could not say how many people have died or are hurt. Canada's hockey family was a close one, he said. But some family members have stepped forward with information.

"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement.

"I can't imagine being the parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this", Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at a press conference.