"There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this".
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 29 people, including the driver, were on the Humboldt Broncos team bus when the accident occurred on Friday afternoon on a rural highway, some 200 km north-east of Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, reports the Guardian. Authorities have not identified the victims and would not confirm whether they were players or coaches. The bus was carrying 28 people including the driver. All is known is that at least 14 people died in the incident with 14 others injured.
The driver, who was the lone occupant of the tractor-trailer, was not injured in the collision, Zablocki said. He was initially detained but was later released, and he is not now the subject of a criminal investigation.
Zablocki said it was too early to comment on the cause of the collision and that the RCMP is continuing its investigation, which will examine the road, weather and mechanical condition of both vehicles.
The team was headed to play in Game 5 of a playoff series against the Nipawin Hawks.
The tragedy was felt across Canada, where hockey is the dominant sport and many young players take long bus rides to tournaments.
Members of the National Hockey League expressed sadness over the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities affected by this awful tragedy.
"It's overwhelming. It's been tough on everybody", Muench said in a phone interview.
One of those homages is from Mark Pino, 50, who lives near the US-Canadian border in Grand Island, New York.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said: "To the City of Humboldt, the entire Broncos organisation, and the families impacted by this tragedy, please know you are in Saskatchewan's hearts".
The team was on their way to play against the Nipawin Hawks. It's open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20. Others hail from the province of Alberta.
Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.
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"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their huge loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.
In Humboldt, people showed up at the Elgar Petersen Arena to offer support, according to CNN partner CBC. You come to the rink. what's better than that?
"Got this text from a friend who I went to high school with in Humboldt", Munz tweeted.
Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.
In a statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this bad tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond".
"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Trudeau tweeted Saturday.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the awful Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!"
The coroner misidentified two of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players involved in a fatal bus crash, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
"I can't imagine being the parent or the wife or the kids at home going through something like this", Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at a press conference.
Friday's crash brought back memories of another highway accident that claimed the lives of hockey players in Saskatchewan. Three players who billeted by the same family all died in the crash, he added.
He said players become part of the community fabric, doing volunteer work or serving in restaurants. Forwards Jacob Leicht, Logan Hunter and Conner Lukan and defensemen Stephen Wack, Adam Herold, Logan Boulet were also among the dead, according to family members and others.
"Humboldt's a very close community and this is where it really shows up", church member Dave Atamanchek said.