|More than one generation|
of my family played hockey
on the ice
The game of ice hockey has long been Canada's favourite sport, although not our national game. Therefore, it is no wonder that our country is now deep in mourning following a terrible bus/truck crash on a lonely stretch of Saskatchewan highway.
When I was young, no one in our small hockey-playing town even considered the idea that there might be any other kind of hockey than ice hockey. We had never heard of field hockey and, when our dad told us about it, my brother and I just laughed. Backyard ice hockey, yes. Down-the-middle-of-an-icy-road games, we played those, too. But hockey without ice, no way!
ICE, however, that so-essential part of the game, contributed to 15 deaths in the cold of a prairie winter, as a team bus carried the Humboldt Broncos hockey team toward a game scheduled in Nipiwan, Saskatchewan.
But the Nipiwan Hawks waited in vain for their opponents to arrive.
Canadians later learned that the team bus would have had the right-of-way, rather than the truck also involved in the fatal collision.
So far, as of April 9, I have no details except for the aerial photo and the links below.
|CBC photo of the intersection where the transport truck and the team bus collided|
Families, friends, nationally-known hockey personalities, and Prime Minister Trudeau and his son...gathered in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, while the rest of our nation followed the memorial service on television.
"Not a dry eye in the place" barely suffices as a description of that gathering, and yet, there was some small degree of healing as neighbour embraced neighbour, brother hugged sister, and visiting sport legends shared their solidarity as only fellow hockey players can.
Mourners included survivors of previous team bus crashes, members of Canadian Olympic hockey teams, members of the National Hockey League, sports broadcasters and many others.
Across Canada, news stories continue as details unfold, and as the world mourns.
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