Hundreds Including Justin Trudeau Expected To Attend Humboldt Broncos Crash Vigil

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said a vigil being held Sunday evening is another step in the healing process as the Saskatchewan community prepares to remember the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will be in attendance at the vigil, which will take place in Humboldt Sunday night at 7 p.m. MT. The vigil will be livestreamed in the player above on Globalnews.ca.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh shared a message following the tragedy.

“Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear word of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much, with their families and with all Canadians who grieve with them at this difficult time,” wrote the Queen, capping her letter with the signature Elizabeth R.

The crash late Friday afternoon left 15 people dead and over a dozen injured.

FULL COVERAGE: Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The victims include Broncos captain Logan Schatz along with nine other players, coaches Darcy Haugun and Mark Cross, the team’s statistician, radio play-by-play announcer and the driver of the bus.

Broncos’ president Kevin Garinger called Haugun an “incredible coach, incredible husband, incredible father, and an incredible GM.”

“(Haugun) believed that the Broncos weren’t just building hockey players, but were building great young men.”

READ MORE: Here are the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Garinger confirmed one injured player has been released from hospital and said they are working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to provide further updates on injured players and staff.

“We know that the way we’re going to get through this is by leaning on each other,” Garinger said.

“This isn’t about Humboldt, it’s not even about Saskatchewan; it’s about Canada and our world.”

“People care.”

He said the vigil will be an important step in the healing process, and hundreds of people from the community are expected to attend.

Garinger also said the current season won’t be continuing but they are “looking towards” next season because they’re currently focused on the players and families.

WATCH: Humboldt Broncos looking to next season, current season over after fatal bus crash

Along with family and friends, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in attendance.

Members of the Humboldt community continue to bring flowers and tributes to the arena. A crisis and counselling centre is set up in the adjacent convention centre in town.

Global News/Rebecca Joseph
Global News/Rebecca Joseph

The cause of the crash, which happened near Tisdale, is still under investigation by RCMP.

WATCH: RCMP lay cross at intersection of Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash

The tragic incident has touched many across the country, and across the broader hockey community. NHL teams paid tribute to the Broncos during their games Saturday night.

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