St. Albert pays tribute to local players killed in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Memorial scholarships are being set up to honour four Alberta hockey players who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Logan Hunter, Jaxon Joseph, Conner Lukan and Stephen Wack were among the 16 people killed April 6 when the Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided at a rural intersection.

Each of the four had played minor hockey in St. Albert, Alta., a bedroom community northwest of Edmonton.

The players’ deaths led to the establishment of the St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee in mid-May.

“The tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos has been felt very deeply here in St. Albert and across Canada,” said committee chairman Nolan Crouse. “We have supported one another as we collectively mourned, and now we plan to do something positive to honour the memories of these young men.”

The committee said it will honour the legacy of each player by installing memory plaques on four benches in St. Albert.

It is also raising money for memorial scholarships named for Hunter, Joseph, Lukan and Wack.

The committee is working with the Edmonton Oilers Alumni, the City of St. Albert and others in the community.

One event being planned is a four-team hockey tournament July 6-8 in St. Albert. Another fundraiser called the Jersey Gala is likely to be held in October or November.

Two other players who died in the crash were from Alberta communities.

Another 13 players from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were injured.

The Canadian Press

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