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First victim of Humboldt Broncos crash to be buried on Thursday

First victim of Humboldt Broncos crash to be buried on Thursday

Shumlanski said it was a miracle he walked away from the crash.

The victims include players Adam Herold, Connor Lukan, Evan Thomas, Jacob Leicht, Jaxon Joseph, Logan Boulet, Logan Hunter, Logan Schatz, Stephen Wack, Parker Tobin, team personnel Brody Hinz, Darcy Haugan, Glen Doerksen, Mark Cross and Tyler Beiber.

Ryan Straschnitzki, 18, survived the crash, but he is now paralyzed from the chest down.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks all wore Humboldt Broncos decals on their helmets during games on Saturday night.

"He was a very good goalie, especially to make goaltending for the Spruce Grove Saints", he said.

"We were the first ones there and the last ones to leave", he said. "Every weekend we go to games". It's mind-numbing. It's hard to find the words for how I feel.

Fort McMurray Oil Barons head coach Tom Keca echoed Meagher's feeling of devastation over the news, saying it made him think about opportunities and experiences often taken for granted.

"The strazstrong initiative is really about making sure that we can raise enough money for Ryan so that regardless of what happen, going forward, that the decisions that he can make are based on what's right for Ryan and his family and not based on what they can afford", said Thompson.

"I have grown up watching the team and I've got a place to stay there so no problem at all for me to come back home", she said in an interview with a local radio station about her joining the team. "Are we doing as much as we can?"

In a previous statement, officials said four people were in critical condition; since then, Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons succumbed to her injuries.

In the wake of the accident, that blur was lifted significantly for one year in particular - 1995-96 - which I spent playing senior hockey in Saskatchewan; in a small town named Unity, a farming community close to the Alberta border. "The boys might need it... wherever they are".

More than 100,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign - ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform - with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations. By mid-day Sunday, that goal was surpassed, seeing donations from more that 60,000 donors in nearly 60 different countries.

Wilby said the Tobin and Labelle families were notified of the error Sunday night - the same night thousands of family members, friends and fans attended a solemn prayer vigil in the team's home rink.