Confirmation of misidentification of one of the victims of Friday night’s accident was received by the Coroner’s office this morning.
“One of the deceased players had previously been identified as Xavier Labelle. This was an identification error and Xavier is not deceased.
“Our condolences go out to the family of Parker Tobin. Unfortunately, Parker is one of the 15 that have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.
“Parker had been misidentified and was previously believed to have survived.
“The Office of the Chief Coroner apologizes for the misidentification and any confusion created by it.”
The statement was released by the Ministry of Justice at 7 a.m.
As the Wadena News had attempted to compile the list on its website based on several credible news sources at the time, we also humbly apologize for the error. We cannot begin to understand what the families are going through at this time, let alone provide information that is later to be found in error.
The list has now been corrected.
Bus carrying Humboldt Broncos to Nipawin collides with semi-truck unit
By Alison Squires
Just over 29 hours ago at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, a chartered bus carrying the SJHL Humboldt Broncos team collided with a semi-truck at the intersection of Hwy. 35 and Grid 335 just north of Tisdale, killing 15 of the 29 people aboard.
What we know for sure RMCP confirmed the bus was heading north-bound and the semi-tractor unit was headed west-bound. Other sources have confirmed the truck was loaded with peat moss from Carrot River headed to Alberta. The driver of the semi was not injured in the collision.
All 15 names of the victims have been confirmed by sources other than the RCMP, and include 10 players, two coaches, a volunteer statistician, the bus driver and a radio announcer.
The victims include:
DARCY HAUGAN, 42, head coach & gm
MARK CROSS, assistant coach, formerly Strasbourg
BRODY HINZ, volunteer statistician
TYLER BIEBER 29, play-by-play broadcaster, Bolt FM personality
GLEN DOERKSEN, bus driver
JAXON JOSEPH, 20, centre, Edmonton.
LOGAN SCHATZ 20, team captain, Allan, Sask.
STEPHEN WACK, 21, defenceman, St. Albert, Alta.
ADAM HEROLD, 16, defenceman, Montmartre, Sask.
LOGAN BOULET, 21, defenceman, Lethbridge, Alta., on life support while family arranges organ donations
CONNER LUKAN, 21, left wing, Slave Lake, Alta.
LOGAN HUNTER, 18, right wing, St. Albert, Alta.
EVAN THOMAS, 17, centre, Saskatoon.
JACOB LEICHT, 18, left wing, Humboldt.
PARKER TOBIN, 18, goaltender, Stony Plain, Alta.
The survivors include:
DAYNA BRONS, athletic therapist; injured
JACOB WASSERMAN, goaltender; required back surgery.
NICK SHUMLANSKI, centre, Tisdale; released from hospital.
LAYNE MATECHUK, 18, defenceman, Colonsay; in coma, severe head and upper body injuries
GRAYSEN CAMERON, 18 right wing, Olds, Alta., is “doing ok”
RYAN STRASCHNITZKI, 18, defenceman, Airdrie, Alta.; broken back
DEREK PATTER, 19, centre, Edmonton, Alta.
TYLER SMITH, 19, forward, Leduc, Alta.
BRYCE FISKE, 20, defence man, La Ronge, Sask.
KALEB DAHLGREN, 20, right wing, assist. captain; severely injured.
MORGAN GOBEIL, 18, defenceman, Humboldt; severely injured.
MATTHIEU GOMERCIC, 20, forward, Winnipeg; minor injuries.
XAVIER LABELLE, 18, defenceman, Saskatoon.
While communities await details of the RCMP investigation into the incident, there are several ways in which people can reach out:
1. Donate blood
2. Donate to the Humboldt Broncos online at gofundme.com, search Humboldt Broncos
3. Attend vigils and fundraisers being held in your area including:
Humboldt: Sunday, April 8, Elgin Petersen Arena, 7 p.m.
La Ronge: Sunday, April 8, Mel Hegland Uniplex, prayers start 7 p.m.
Wadena: Monday, April 9, Wadena Recreation Centre, 5-8 p.m., candle lighting service 7:30 p.m.
Wynyard: Monday, April 9, Wynyard Memorial Arena, 2-8 p.m., prayer and support, 7 p.m.
If you need to talk to someone:
Crisis line: 306-320-7961
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868, for young people who may be affected by the tragedy.
Visit the mobile crisis centre: Humboldt’s Uniplex Convention Centre.