10 players from SJHL teams heading to Humboldt for upcoming season

Teams in the SJHL will provide the Humboldt Broncos with players leading up to the 2018-19 season.

First time this has happened in the history of the league, says Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League president

An informal memorial, seen in late April 2018, at the intersection where the Humboldt Broncos team bus and the tractor trailer collided near Nipawin, Sask. (Susan Ormiston/CBC)

Ten players from around the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League are heading to the Humboldt Broncos, after the league's board of governors voted unanimously to provide players to the team. 

The Humboldt Broncos lost 10 players in a tragic collision on April 6 as the team was traveling by bus near Nipawin, Sask. That collision also killed six others, including the team's head coach, assistant coach, athletic therapist, statistician and play-by-play announcer, and the driver of the bus.

League president Bill Chow said this was the first time that the league has ever had to do this. 

The players heading to the Broncos, and the teams they're coming from, are:

  • Connor Smith — Battleford North Stars.
  • ​​Bryson Cecconi — Kindersley Klippers.
  • Shane Hounsell — La Ronge Ice Wolves.
  • Eric McNeilly and Ayden Third — Melfort Mustangs.
  • Ethan Kopyczyn — Melville Millionaires.
  • Ahmed Ally — Notre Dame Hounds.
  • Austin Mikesch — Nipawin Hawks.
  • Jessie Young — Weyburn Red Wings.
  • Kyle Sargent — Yorkton Terriers.

The Flin Flon Bombers had recently traded a player to the Broncos and as such were given an exemption from sending a player to the team.

A player or players from the Estevan Bruins could be going to the Broncos at a later date, according to the league.

In late May, the team welcomed 80 players to a training camp intent on rebuilding the team for the 2018-19 season.