Ten survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash are reuniting for the first time this week.
They’re getting together in Las Vegas, where they are to be recognized at Wednesday’s 2018 NHL Awards show.
Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, who was killed when the team’s bus crashed on April 6, is nominated for the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. This is the first year the trophy is being handed out. It’s meant to recognize people for taking everyday opportunities to help improve lives through the sport of hockey.
Members of the hockey team from Stoneman Douglas High are also expected to be recognized during Wednesday’s program. The Parkland, Fla. school was the scene of a school shooting where 14 students and three staff members were killed.
The awards show will also feature a tribute to survivors and first responders from last October’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.
Nine of the Broncos survivors gathered in Calgary Monday to catch a flight. They’re expected to be joined in Las Vegas by Ryan Straschnitzki, who will make his way from Philiadelphia where he has been getting treatment at a centre specializing in spinal injuries.
The Broncos, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association held a news event Tuesday afternoon at the Encore at Wynn resort in Las Vegas, where it was announced the cup will be in Humboldt on Aug. 24.
It was also announced Saskatoon’s Chandler Stephenson will be the one to deliver the cup.
There will also be an on-ice component that day, involving NHL players like Stephenson and another Saskatoon player — Brayden Schenn.
Back in April, 16 members of the Bronco’s died in a crash involving the team bus and a semi.