Fort McMurray Born Hockey Player Killed In Humboldt Bus Crash

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Fort McMurray Born Hockey Player Killed In Humboldt Bus Crash

A Fort McMurray-born hockey player has now been identified as one of the deceased in a Friday night’s fatal bus crash involving a Saskatchewan junior hockey team.

Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice issued a statement Monday saying the body of Parker Tobin, who was born in Fort McMurray, was mistaken for Xavier Labelle.

The Ministry says Labelle is injured but alive.

Tobin, who played goalie for Humboldt, won his first Jr. A game against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons as a member of Drayton Valley Thunder.

The night of the crash, his mom tweeted Tobin was in stable condition.

The Ministry didn’t say how the misidentification happened but apologized for the mistake.

Saskatchewan and Canada come together in vigil to remember the Humboldt Broncos

The Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan was at capacity again Sunday night, but not for the reason most were expecting.

ImageThe Elgar Petersen Arena was near capacity an hour before Sunday night's vigil for the Broncos. Photo by Ryan McNally.

Many were, before Friday afternoon, preparing for game six between the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos and Nipawin Hawks.

Instead, family, friends, fans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Scott Moe, Don Cherry and Ron McLean and many more converged on the Broncos home to remember the ten players, two coaches, a play-by-play announcer, a statistician and a well known bus driver who were killed Friday afternoon when their bus was t-boned by a semi on Highway 35 just north of Tisdale while on route to their playoff game in Nipawin.

There are also 14 others who were injured some critically, still fighting in a Saskatoon hospital.

In what will soon become known as the worst hockey tragedy in Canadian history, everyone in attendance in Humboldt, and at many other vigils around the nation were all Broncos for the night.

The tragedy has reached figures all around the world, including Queen Elizabeth and President Donald Trump.

One of the many vigils held Sunday was in Regina in front of City Hall, where a crowd of about 200 gathered to light their own candles.

One of the players lost was the captain of the city's Midget "AAA" team the Pat Canadians.

The Broncos had ties to many communities across the continent, with players hailing from four provinces and two states south of the border, easy to see why people have been touched from all corners.

A GoFundMe page was set up not long after the accident and by Sunday night had climbed past $4.7-million.

files courtesy of Harvard Fort McMurray’s Regina station 620 CKRM
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