14 victims of Humboldt Broncos bus crash identified

NOTE: This story will be updated as we learn victims’ names and more about them.

Fifteen people are dead and 14 injured after the bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask., early Friday evening.

The team was on its way to Game 5 of a semifinal against the Nipawin Hawks, also in Saskatchewan, when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. CST.

More names of those who died were confirmed Sunday, as Humboldt, Sask., prepared for a nighttime vigil at the local arena.

The deceased included not only players, who were from all three Prairie provinces, but also the team’s longtime coach, his assistant coach, the bus driver, and two employees of Humboldt’s FM radio station. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Here’s what we know so far about the victims:

Darcy Haugan, 42

The Broncos head coach and general manager was the first person confirmed dead. He lived in Humboldt but was from Peace River, Alta. One of Haugan’s former players in Peace River, Bud Dyck, said the coach “never gave up on anybody. He was always there for every one of his players, always fought for every one of his players, always had their backs. … You wanted to win for him.” Haugan is survived by his wife Christine and their two sons.

Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, who lived in Humboldt but was from Peace River, Alta., was among those killed in the crash. He is survived by his wife Christine and their two sons.(Family photo)

Brody Hinz, 18

Hinz compiled stats for the Humboldt Broncos and worked for local radio station 107.5 Bolt FM. Reid Gardiner, who plays mid-level professional hockey, knew Hinz and had this to say on Twitter: “He loved sports and knew more facts about [the Broncos] than anyone I knew.” His pastor in Humboldt says Hinz also taught Sunday school.

Brody Hinz, a volunteer statistician for the Humboldt Broncos, was among the 15 people who died when the hockey team’s bus crashed Friday.(Twitter/reidgardiner19)

Logan Schatz, 20

Schatz, a Saskatchewan native, had played for the Broncos for four years and served as team captain for the past two and a half years. His father, Kelly Schatz, told The Canadian Press his son’s death is hard and that family members were seeking solace in one another.

Broncos centre Logan Schatz, shown in undated team photo, was the captain of the Saskatchewan junior hockey team.(The Canadian Press)

Jaxon Joseph, 20 

The Edmonton native previously played for the the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Playing forward, he was among the leading scorers in the SJHL playoffs, and had been playing on a line with Schatz. Joseph’s former coach in B.C., Blaine Neufeld, said: “Something particular about Jaxon was that he had a particular smile. He lit up the room.”

Jaxon Joseph, 20, was playing on a line with team captain Schatz, and among the leading scorers in the playoffs.(Surrey Eagles/Twitter)

Adam Herold, 16

Adam Herold, 16, of Montmatre, Sask., played with the Regina Pat Canadians midget AAA team team before joining the Broncos.

Canadians’ manager John Smith said he had the pleasure of knowing Herold for two years in his time with the team, calling him “one of the finest young men I had the pleasure of managing.”

From growing up on a farm, Herold brought a hard work ethic to the team, and was always ready to practice or help with tasks like loading the bus, Smith said.

“The world lost a fine upstanding young man.”

Adam Herold, 16, had been playing with the Regina Pat Canadians, a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, before joining the Broncos.(Prince Albert Raiders website)

Mark Cross, 27

Cross was assistant coach of the Broncos and previously played for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He was also a forward on the York University Lions men’s hockey team. 

Marc Cross, the team’s assistant coach, was from Strasbourg, Sask.(York University)

Tyler Bieber

Bieber was a play-by-play radio announcer for the Broncos, and worked with Humboldt station 107.5 Bolt FM. A manager with the company that owns the station confirmed in an email to staff that Bieber died in the crash.

Tyler Bieber, who worked with Humboldt radio station 107.5 Bolt FM, was a play-by-play announcer for the Broncos.(CBC News)

Stephen Wack, 21

Wack was a defenceman, who had played for the Broncos for two seasons.

Alicia Wack, cousin of Stephen Wack, told The Canadian Press the 21-year-old did not survive the collision.

Wack’s younger brother, Justin Wack, said his brother was talented at making videos. He shared one of his brother’s videos on Twitter.

Stephen Wack, 21, did not survive the crash, according to his cousin. (Humboldt Broncos website)

Logan Hunter, 18

Along with Adam Herold, Rene Cannon also billeted Logan Hunter and Xavier Labelle. She confirmed that Hunter and Labelle, both 18 years old, were among those killed. 

Hunter, who played for the St. Albert Raiders before coming to Humboldt, had finished Grade 12 but was in the process of upgrading his marks and had taken his SATs in the past year.

“He had this smirk about him most of the time that might have made you think he was a little bit cocky but he was truly this kind soul, that lay down on the floor and spent time with our puppies,” she said, recalling his ever-ready willingness to play games or mini-stick matches with her children.  

Logan Hunter had finished Grade 12 but was in the process of upgrading his marks and had taken his SATs in the past year.(Humboldt Broncos website)

Xavier Labelle, 18

Labelle, originally from Saskatoon, was a defenceman for the Broncos who stayed with the Cannons for the past two years. Cannon described him as “mischievous” and “an incredible student,” as she not only billeted him but taught him in school.

“He just had a million things going for him.”

Xavier Labelle, 18, was originally from Saskatoon, before moving to Humboldt to play with the Broncos for the past two years.(Labelle Family )

His father, Paul Labelle, told CBC News that his son’s name comes from the Arabic word for “bright star,” and that he was a kind-hearted young man who lived up to his name.

“He was fiercely protective of his family and his friends. He had a bit of a twinkle in his eyes and his smile,” said Paul Labelle. Xavier enjoyed board games and music, originally playing the cello before moving on to piano. “Mostly we’re going to miss his infectious smile and his beautiful hardy laugh.” 

Above is video of Xavier Labelle performing a piano sonatina.

Conner Lukan, 21

Lukan, a forward on the team, was from Slave Lake, Alta. He joined the Broncos this season, after playing with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Kevin Garinger, team president of the Broncos, billeted Lukan. He remembered him this morning during an interview with the CBC’s Wendy Mesley.

Conner Lukan was one of seven players on the Humboldt team who was from Alberta.(SASWP)

Glen Doerksen

Doerksen was the driver of the bus. He worked for Charlie’s Charters, based in Tisdale, Sask. Those who paid tribute to him on Facebook said he had a passion for hockey. Trevis Sturby, a manager with the North East Midge AA hockey club, called him a “great bus driver” who got players home safely on previous trips under bad road conditions.

Glen Doerksen was driving the bus that collided with a transport truck on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask., on Friday, April 6. (SASWP)

Evan Thomas, 18

Thomas played right wing for the team and was from Saskatoon.

Evan Thomas, 18, was among the Humboldt Broncos crash victims. He was from Saskatoon.(Humboldt Broncos website )

Thomas had been living with a family in Humboldt for the hockey season.

Jacob Leicht, 19

Left-winger Leicht, a Humboldt native, was also among the deceased, Father Joseph Salihu of St. Augustine Catholic Church, told CBC News. He first played for the Broncos organization as a bantam AA player in 2013.

Left-winger Jacob Leicht, 19, was among the team members who perished in the crash. He was from Humboldt.(Twitter)

Leicht went St. Dominic School for elementary and Humboldt Collegiate Institute for high school.


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