Authorities have yet to identify the victims. The death toll includes nine other Broncos players, two coaches, two employees of a broadcasting company and the bus driver.
The RCMP previously reported 28 people were on the bus, with 14 injured. The father of one of those injured tweeted a heart-wrenching photo of some of the players holding hands in their hospital beds.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the driver of the truck that hit the bus was initially detained but later released and provided with mental health assistance.
According to CTV, the bus was T-boned by a tractor trailer traveling westbound on Highway 35. He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.
The cause of the crash is not known, and "the scope and complexity of this investigation means it will take some time to determine the cause of the collision and the circumstances surrounding it", said Zablocki. The teams played a lengthy game Wednesday that Nipawin won 6-5 in three overtimes in Humboldt, leaving Nipawin with a 3-1 series lead.
Condolences were pouring in from former hockey players, sports organizations and political leaders across the country.
Cam Talbot, a goalie for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League, tweeted: "After all the hours spent on a bus with the boys over the years this one really hits home".
With players who billet by local families, work in city businesses and attend local schools, MacLEAN said the tragedy touches every corner of Humboldt.
He said he felt at a loss as emergency crews worked to save those they could. "At the centre of this, we have 15 souls who'll never go home again".
"And it's always a thought in parents' and fans' minds about what could happen, and unfortunately it has happened in Humboldt".
The Ministry of Justice for Saskatchewan province said the mistake occurred partly because all the Broncos players had dyed their hair blond for the team's appearance in the playoffs and because all the young men had similar builds. Most of the others list their hometowns as being in the province of Alberta.
"Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement.
Lees was one of many residents who have descended on Humboldt's sports and education complex, the Elgar Petersen Arena, since the tragedy to comfort and console one another, and to share updates on the condition of survivors.
"Tonight, we all must pray for these families". You come to the rink. what's better than that?
Matches were made for all of Boulet's vital organs and his family planned to stay by his side until the surgery to remove them, Langevin said.
Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.
Family and friends of the victims took to social media to express their grief.
"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", Trudeau tweeted.
President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that he spoke with Trudeau, "to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the awful Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!" the president tweeted.
A community hascome together following the bus crash tragedy that left 15 peopledead, including members of a western Canadayouth hockey team. "I can't even imagine being a parent or the wife or the kids at home and going through something like this".
Friday's crash brought back memories of another highway accident that claimed the lives of hockey players in Saskatchewan.
Police said a lot of issues remained to be investigated in the bus crash, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles. Canada's hockey family was a close one, he said.
"His first game, we found a tin of mints and ever since then it's been alternating back and forth, buying mints for each other and sharing it as a joke".
"We're a small town and we're overwhelmed with the outpouring of condolences we've received", he said. "We got on that bus and trusted him with our lives and both times he got us home safely".
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