A look at the victims of the Humboldt team bus crash
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, April 7, 2018 5:56PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 6, 2018 10:17PM EDT
HUMBOLDT, Sask. -- Sixteen people were killed and 13 others injured in a horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Here is what we know so far about those who died:
Dayna Brons, 24
Brons studied kinesiology and human kinetics at the University of Regina and earned a certificate in athletic therapy from Mount Royal University. She was the team’s athletic therapist.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority issued a statement on behalf of her family Wednesday, which said that she had died of her injuries earlier in the day.
“Dayna will be forever remembered for her joyful smile, and her passion and love of sport,” the statement said. She was “extremely proud to be part of the Broncos family,” it went on.
Logan Schatz, 20
The team captain had played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past 2 1/2 years, his father Kelly Schatz said.
The native of Allan, Sask., played centre and was named the league's player of the month in February after earning points in eight of nine games. He was 20 years old.
Kelly Schatz said his family is seeking solace in one another.
"It's hard," Kelly Schatz said. "I've got four other kids and they're here, which is nice."
Elma Diebert, who identified herself as Schatz’ second cousin, called it a “tragedy.”
“We’ll be strong,” Diebert told CTV’s Jill Macyshon in Humboldt. “We’ll recover.”
Colby Jasken, a former Broncos player and game announcer, told CTV News Channel Schatz was “just a really good kid.”
“He just always brought a light into the rink ... and he was the same in the dressing room and within the community,” Jasken said.
Jaxon Joseph, 20
The Edmonton native's death was confirmed by the Surrey Eagles, his former team in the British Columbia Hockey League.
The Broncos website says Joseph, who was 20 years old, was among the leading scorers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs, playing on a line with Logan Schatz, another player who lost his life in the crash.
In a profile published on the team's website in January, Schatz paid tribute to Joseph and fellow linemate Conner Lukan.
"I've really clicked with Joseph and Lukan. I can't say enough good things about them," Schatz said.
He is the son of retired Canadian NHL player Chris Joseph, who played for teams like the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.
Darcy Haugan, 42
The head coach of the Humboldt Broncos was described in online tributes as a "great man" and amazing mentor to young players.
"He will always be a great man in our hearts," his sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne. "The tears just keep coming."
The president of the Humboldt Broncos, Kevin Garinger, said Haugan was an incredible coach who often talked about his vision for the team.
"The Humboldt Broncos were about -- not building hockey players -- but creating amazing young men. And that's what we had in our organization, amazing young men," said Garinger.
"That was Darcy's belief and through that they would ultimately become great hockey players too."
Before becoming a coach, he played junior hockey in the league in the 1990s.
Steven Wilson, a radio play-by-play announcer in Weyburn, Sask., called Haugan "the classiest guy" in the league who always had time to chat.
He said the last time he saw Haugan, the coach was playing video games in his office with one of his two young sons.
"He was very dedicated to his family and at the same time he was a hockey guy."
Wilson said Haugan's wife, Christina George-Haugan, worked as the team's office manager.
"He will always be a great man in our hearts," Haugan's sister posted on Twitter under the name Debbie Jayne. "The tears just keep coming."
Tyler Bieber, 29
Bieber worked for Humboldt radio station CHBO and often travelled with the team as its play-by-play radio announcer.
Steven Wilson, a co-worker in Weyburn, Sask., said it was Bieber's first season announcing for the team. He also covered morning news.
"He definitely had a natural talent," said Wilson. "He was just passionate about sports."
Wilson said he filled in a few times for Bieber because he was also busy coaching the Humboldt high school's basketball and football teams.
"Having been with Golden West since the launch of Bolt FM in news and on-air, Tyler was a shining example of what it means to serve a community," Lyndon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station's website.
Glen Doerksen, 59
Glen Doerksen, 59, had been a driver with Charlie’s Charters since October, and was known as “Bussy” among the players, his son Cameron told CTVNews.ca. The father of two was a long-haul trucker for two years prior to taking a job with the bus company.
Cameron Doerksen said his father loved watching hockey and enjoyed being at his and his sister’s games when they were growing up. Cameron says his father kept that love going by becoming a bus driver for hockey teams in the area.
“He loved all those hockey players that he drove,” Cameron Doerksen said. “They all touched him and listened to his stories and laughed with him.”
He added that Doerksen’s charter teams liked to treat him on the road, and often brought him to the front of the line when they stopped at convenience stores for snacks.
“He never had to pay for a water or anything,” he said. “They took great care of him because he took great care of them.”
Charlie’s Charters confirmed that Doerksen was one of its employees on Facebook.
“Glen was an outstanding friend, husband, and father. He will be truly missed,” the bus company said in a Facebook post.
The Kinistino Tigers hockey team of the Saskatchewan Junior B Hockey League also paid tribute to Doerksen in a Facebook post that hailed him for driving them safely through many treacherous winter storms.
“He spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games,” the Tigers wrote.
Mark Cross, 27
Broncos assistant coach Mark Cross was among those killed in the crash, York University has confirmed.
Cross was formerly a student and varsity athlete at the school, where he played for the York Lions men’s hockey team, York U president Rhonda L. Lenton confirmed in a statement on Saturday.
“Our community grieves the tragic loss of York U alumnus Mark Cross (BA, BSc ’16),” she tweeted. She added that he was MVP of his team for the 2015-16 season, and a “truly exceptional young man.”
Jennifer Myers, York’s executive director of athletics and recreation, said Cross was a natural leader who remained connected to the school after graduation, by recommending Humboldt Broncos players to the hockey program.
“We knew when Mark left us that he was going to make his mark,” Myers told CP24. “That there was so much for him to give and to do, and coaching was just a natural fit for him.”
The York Lions also put out a statement, offering thoughts and prayers to his family.
“Forever a friend. Forever a Lion. Forever in our hearts,” the team tweeted.
Cross was from Strasbourg, Sask., where he was named most valuable player last year while playing with the Maroons in the Highway Hockey League.
"I can honestly say I didn't know a more kind-hearted, generous, caring and overall nice person," cousin Graeme Cross said in an online tribute.
"Mark was one of those people that just made you feel safe and brought a special spark when you were in his presence."
Assistant coach Chris Beaudry said Cross, 27, joined the Broncos' staff last year and was one of the happiest people he's ever met.
"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'd end up going through a whole tin every game," said Beaudry.
"He was a beautiful guy to be around."
Stephen Wack, 21
The towering 21-year-old defenceman from St. Albert, Alta. had played with the Broncos for two seasons.
Wack said her cousin made the best gingerbread houses and "absolutely lived and breathed hockey."
"Stephen has always been an amazing person, son, big brother, and cousin. He is one of the most adventurous, ambitious, and loving people that I have ever been blessed to know," she said in a Facebook post.
Adam Herold, 16
The defenceman from Montmartre, Sask. would have celebrated his 17th birthday on April 12. The youngest member of the team, he only recently joined the Broncos to help in their playoff run.
Up until a few weeks ago, Herold was captain of the Regina Pat Canadians, manager John Smith said. But when the Regina team's season wrapped up, Herold was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round.
"He was a wonderful young man. Never afraid to help his teammates. Always there for them. Good, typical Saskatchewan farm boy. Always load the bus, unload the bus, never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get work done," Smith said.
Smith said Herold is survived by his mom, dad and an older sister. He was from Montmartre, Sask.
DUBNetwork.ca hockey writer Matthew Gourlie, who knew Herold personally, told CTV News Channel that Herold had a "really promising future."
“He was just a really good young man and a good young leader," he said. “If he had been on maybe a different team, he would have made a WHL roster this year.”
Logan Hunter, 18
Hunter's death was confirmed by his former team, the St. Albert Raiders in his Alberta hometown.
The organization's president, Kevin Porter, said he heard the news from Hunter's mother.
"He always had a smile on his face," said Porter, who described Hunter as a "smart kid and a great hockey player" with a "great sense of humour."
He was an 18-year old forward with the Broncos.
Logan Boulet, 21
Defenceman Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta. had celebrated his 21st birthday a little more than a month before the crash.
CTV Calgary confirmed his death Saturday.
Boulet's family said that he was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.
"Logan had made it known, and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 just a few weeks ago," Boulet's godfather, Neil Langevin, posted in a statement on behalf of the family.
"Logan's strong heart continues to beat," he said. "All counted, six people will receive the gift of life from Logan ... His other organs will be donated to science as he requested.
"These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life."
Brody Hinz, 18
The 18-year-old Hinz had recently started tallying the Broncos' numbers for Humboldt radio station CHBO.
"Brody had recently joined our Golden West family, mentored by Tyler and the Bolt FM team," Lyndon Frieson, president of Golden West Radio, said in a statement posted on the station's website.
"Tragedy has hit our community and it reaches into every corner of life in Humboldt."
Another company statement described Hinz as an intern still in high school.
The night of the crash marked a double tragedy for the family. A relative said on Facebook that another family member lost a baby boy in Humboldt hospital shortly after he was born.
Evan Thomas, 18
Evan Thomas was a rookie with the Broncos when he was killed in the crash.
The Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets confirmed in a statement that the franchise’s former captain, Scott Thomas, lost his son Evan in the incident. Scott Thomas captained the Rockets when the team was in Tacoma.
The Rockets described Evan as a “boy who was devoted to hockey, and who was an excellent hockey player.”
The Saskatoon-native was the "kind of kid any dad would be proud to call his" own, said his father, Scott.
"He was a self-driven, motivated, retrospective, quiet, confident and very self-assured young man."
His dad says he was an athlete, playing both hockey and baseball, and a strong student.
"He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate," said Thomas in an interview. "He just loved being a teammate. He loved his teammates and I think that was more important to him than the actual sport he was playing.
"He loved those boys. He really loved those boys."
Conner Lukan, 21
Conner Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake played with the midget St. Albert Raiders and Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Broncos last year.
The Raiders announced Lukan's death on Twitter, along with three other alumni: Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter.
"One of the best hockey players and an even greater guy off the ice," Tyson Chizma wrote on Twitter.
"I've known Conner for several years, playing against him throughout the majority of my minor hockey career and trying out for a handful of teams with him. I always looked up to him as a role model."
Jacob Leicht, 19
The 19-year-old, a forward with his hometown Broncos, is being remembered for his contagious laugh and bright smile.
A family member posted on Facebook that her heart is broken.
"Your laughter is so contagious and you had a smile that lit up any room," Cassidy Tolley wrote in her public post.
She says he wasn't just family, but one of her favourite people and someone she could count on any time of day.
Leicht was in his first season with the team.
Parker Tobin, 18
Tobin, 18, of Stony Plain, Alta., was the last of the deceased to be identified.
This was the goalie's first season with the Broncos after being traded from the Spruce Grove Saints. Before that, he was with the Drayton Valley Thunder.
"Parker was a fine young man who loved hockey and played with passion," the Thunder posted on its website. "He was a team player, a stand-up guy and an inspiration to his team mates."
"Heaven got its newest goalie," friend Kael Maltais wrote on Twitter.
"Had the honour to meet Parker reffing him up the years in Stony Plain. No matter if he was the backup or in the cage, I would always joke around with him. He was such a nice kid."
The Stony Plain Flyers said Tobin also spent two years as their game announcer.
"May you never be forgotten," the team said in an online post.
The families of Parker Tobin and Xavier Labelle issued a brief statement Monday saying they are “grieving together.”
Tobin and Labelle’s identities were initially mixed up after the crash, and the coroner’s office mistook Tobin’s body for that of Labelle, who survived the crash.
“They hope the focus will remain on those grieving and those recovering, not the confusion in an unimaginable tragedy,” the statement issued on behalf of the families said.
With files from CTV News and CP reporters Adam Burns, Nicole Thompson, Michelle McQuigge, Morgan Lowrie, Chris Purdy and Colette Derworiz.