The Humboldt Broncos will return to the ice for the next SJHL season.
The team announced its decision Friday morning in a media release, saying the search for a new coach and general manager would start this week.
Broncos head coach and general manager Darcy Haugan and 15 others died after the team bus collided with a semi at the corner of Highway 35 and Highway 335 south of Nipawin. Thirteen other members of the team were injured.
“Darcy Haugan was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community,” Broncos president Kevin Garinger said in a statement.
“It will be incredibly difficult to find someone that can rise to his standards.”
The team said an announcement would be made once a new coaching staff was established.
An invite-only camp for 80 prospective players is also being hosted by the team in Saskatoon from May 25-27.
The Broncos said tickets for the new season are going on sale soon, with 2017-18 season ticket holders getting first right of refusal for their seats. The team noted demand is expected to be high.
News of the Broncos return came on the same morning the York Lions varsity hockey team announced they had signed crash survivor Kaleb Dahlgren to their program.