The Humboldt Broncos played their first game since its tragic bus crash. Every player aboard had their jersey retired.
There was a somber mood as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League approached opening night.
Tragedy rocked the hockey community on April 6, 2018, when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos was involved in a fatal collision with a truck. That crash resulted in the deaths of 16 people involved in the organization, and left 13 others injured – their lives never the same.
After months of remembrances and tributes during the offseason, the Broncos organization rebuilt its team and got back to doing what it does best on Wednesday: playing hockey. In front of a sold-out crowd at Elgar Petersen Arena, Humboldt took on the reigning SJHL champion, the Nipawin Hawks, the same team the Broncos were traveling to play against when the crash occurred.
The game was broadcast live on TSN and had many memorable and wonderful moments.