Humboldt hockey team back in playoffs 11 months after deadly bus crash

The Humboldt Broncos are back in the playoffs 11 months after the team was devastated by a deadly bus crash.

Humboldt went 35-19-3 to finish in sixth place in the 12-team Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to earn a spot in the playoffs.

The team’s postseason begins March 15, where it will face the Estevan Bruins in the first round.

The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game on April 6, 2018 when the team’s bus crashed into a semi-truck. The wreck killed 16 people on the bus, including the coach, team manager and 10 players. Thirteen other players were injured.

Two surviving members of the team, Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter, returned to the Broncos this season. The team hosted tryouts over the summer to rebuild itself.

The driver of the truck, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was charged with 29 counts of dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty to all counts in January.