Despite tragedy, Humboldt Broncos will have a team next season
The Humboldt Broncos have announced that it will ice a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 2018-19 season.
The team was decimated by an April bus crash in which 16 people died, including 13 players and head coach and general manager Darcy Haugen. Thirteen others were injured.
The Broncos began their search for a new coach and GM this week.
“Darcy Haugen was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community,” Humboldt president Kevin Garinger said in a statement. “He was the coach every player wanted, and that other coaches wanted to emulate.
“As a general manager, Darcy made smart decisions and was driven to ensure the Broncos organization succeeded in every aspect of its operations. He took our team to new heights – it will be incredibly difficult to find someone that can rise to his standards.”
The team also announced it will hold an invite-only tryout for 80 players May 25-27 in Saskatoon. It will not be open to the media nor the public.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.