Penguins Players React to Humboldt Bus Crash Tragedy

Josh Rowntree
April 09, 2018 - 3:04 pm
Humboldt Broncos

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins players offered words of condolence Monday, three days after a bus crash that left ten junior hockey players and five others dead, while injuring 14 more.

“It’s just a terrible tragedy,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “It’s hard to imagine what those kids, the families and the entire community is going through. We’re certainly thinking about them.”

The team bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a team in Canada’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was hit by a tractor-trailer on Friday afternoon outside of Armley, Saskatchewan.

“It hits close to home for a lot of us guys, especially from Canada,” Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray said. “I played in the O.H.L. and we were on the bus every couple of days in a similar scenario. It’s heartbreaking. You see it all over the news, all over social media and you just feel for the families and the community.”

One of the deceased players is 20-year old Jaxon Joseph, the son of former NHL player Chris Joseph, who skated for the Penguins from 1994-1996.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Pittsburgh Penguins alumnus Chris Joseph, whose son, Jaxon, was among those who tragically passed away in the Humboldt Broncos bus accident,” the team said in a statement Saturday.

A worldwide outpouring of support has been shown, as a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the players and families involved has already exceeded $5.5 million.

“Hockey is a really tight-knit community, so everybody’s really rallying around those families and that community and it’s really inspiring to see the support that comes out in the hockey community in a time like that,” Murray added.