Saskatchewan hockey league gets $1.4 million for assistance program after crash
Flowers lie at centre ice as people gather for a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident in Humboldt, Sask. on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:38AM EDT
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. -- A program set up to deal with mental health issues in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has received about $1.4 million in donations.
The assistance program was set up in the days after the April crash to support players, families, coaches and volunteers across the 12-team league.
It's meant to help people recover from shock and trauma after a collision between the Broncos junior hockey team bus and a transport truck left 16 people dead and 13 others injured.
The program received support from Federated Co-operatives Limited and 22Fresh Apparel, a clothing company.
Officials say Co-op and its retail stores have now donated about $768,000.
The league also partnered with the Canadian Red Cross and Homewood Health to provide mental health assistance and counselling.