A Former Moose Jaw General Among the Deceased in Humboldt Bus Crash
Former Moose Jaw General right winger Evan Thomas is confirmed as one of the 15 killed in the tragic accident Friday evening involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-truck.
Evan was the son of 2010 Moose Jaw Warrior Hall of Fame inductee Dr Scott Thomas and Laurie Thomas.
On her Facebook Page Laurie posted “A tragedy tonight. My heart is forever broken.”
Evan played for the Moose Jaw Generals in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, until playing one game in the 2016-2017 season for the Humboldt Broncos. He became a regular player with Humboldt this season.
Also killed was Voice of the Humboldt Broncos, Tyler Bieber.
Bieber was an employee of BOLT FM a Golden West Radio station and sister station of 800 CHAB from Moose Jaw.
Initial reports indicated there were 28 people on the bus but it was later updated to 29 as team volunteer statistician Brody Hinz also made the trip. Hinz was amongst those killed.
The team was enroute to a game five of a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff series against the the Nipawin Hawks when it was involved in a collision with a semi-truck about 5 pm Friday night near a junction on Highway 35 about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale.
Fourteen others on the bus were taken to hospital with three in critical condition. Some have already been released from hospital.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the RCMP. The driver of the semi-truck was physically uninjured.