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Archive for April 8th, 2018

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issues statement on tragedy involving Humboldt Broncos

 

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 7, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement on the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team:

 

“Our thoughts are with the players, families, coaches, team management and all those throughout the community who have been affected by the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. The NHL mourns the passing of those who perished and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they all love.”

 

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS:

 

Bus crash

In 2018, the Broncos had advanced to the SJHL semi-finals, but were trailing in the series against the Nipawin Hawks by 3–1 heading into Game 5 on April 6. En route to the game, the Broncos’ team bus was “t-boned” by a semi-truck on Highway 35 near Armley; the local RCMP reported 15 fatalities as a result of the accident, and the game was cancelled. The president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Bill Chow, has described the incident as the “worst nightmare.”

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 


 

Hockey World mourns tragic bus crash involving Humboldt Broncos team

 

The Humboldt Broncos is an ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Established in 1970, the Broncos play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Bus crash

In 2018, the Broncos had advanced to the SJHL semi-finals, but were trailing in the series against the Nipawin Hawks by 3–1 heading into Game 5 on April 6. En route to the game, the Broncos’ team bus was “t-boned” by a semi-truck on Highway 35 near Armley; the local RCMP reported 15 fatalities as a result of the accident, and the game was cancelled. The president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Bill Chow, has described the incident as the “worst nightmare.”

Season-by-season standings

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) was called the Saskatchewan Amateur Junior Hockey League (SAJHL) until the end of the 1972–73 season.

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1970–71 36 22 14 0 - 258 175 44 4th SAJHL
1971–72 44 32 12 0 - 269 169 53* 1st SAJHL Won League
1972–73 48 29 19 0 - 242 171 58 2nd SAJHL North Won League
1973–74 50 25 24 2 - 259 226 52 4th SJHL North
1974–75 57 25 30 2 - 281 258 52 5th SJHL North
1975–76 58 30 25 3 - 272 246 63 3rd SJHL North
1976–77 60 20 38 2 - 235 325 42 4th SJHL North
1977–78 60 34 25 1 - 300 269 69 3rd SJHL North
1978–79 60 31 25 4 - 297 270 66 3rd SJHL North
1979–80 60 23 37 0 - 275 351 46 4th SJHL North DNQ
1980–81 60 39 19 2 - 413 291 80 2nd SJHL North
1981–82 60 30 27 3 - 327 280 63 4th SJHL North Lost Quarter-final
1982–83 64 36 26 2 - 297 235 74 3rd SJHL Lost 1st Round
1983–84 64 23 40 1 - 279 317 47 8th SJHL Lost 1st Round
1984–85 64 35 25 4 - 327 232 74 5th SJHL Lost Quarter-final
1985–86 60 56 4 0 - 469 170 112 1st SJHL Won League
1986–87 64 55 9 0 - 454 223 110 1st SJHL Won League, Lost in RBC Cup to (Guelph Platers)
1987–88 60 51 7 2 - 370 178 104 2nd SJHL
1988–89 64 48 15 1 - 397 270 97 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1989–90 68 52 14 2 - 352 267 106 1st SJHL Lost Quarter-final
1990–91 68 45 20 3 - 351 267 93 1st SJHL North Lost Final
1991–92 64 37 26 1 - 284 266 75 2nd SJHL North Lost Semi-final
1992–93 64 32 25 7 - 251 251 71 3rd SJHL North Lost Semi-final
1993–94 68 37 25 6 - 273 251 80 3rd SJHL North Lost Quarter-final
1994–95 64 21 35 8 - 236 286 50 5th SJHL North Lost 1st Round
1995–96 64 25 32 7 - 194 220 57 4th SJHL North Lost Quarter-final
1996–97 64 24 32 8 - 202 231 56 5th SJHL North Lost 1st Round
1997–98 64 31 24 9 - 245 242 71 4th SJHL North Lost 1st Round
1998–99 66 35 28 3 - 248 251 73 3rd SJHL North Lost Final
1999-00 60 28 25 7 - 203 224 63 4th SJHL North Lost Semi-final
2000–01 62 29 25 6 6 208 217 66 4th SJHL Dodge Lost Quarter-final
2001–02 64 38 17 5 4 248 184 85 2nd SJHL Sherwood Lost Final
2002–03 60 39 12 6 3 254 191 87 1st SJHL Won League, Won AC, Won RBC
2003–04 60 35 14 10 1 214 151 81 1st SJHL Lost Semi-final
2004–05 55 27 23 2 3 176 164 59 4th SJHL Sherwood Lost Quarter-final
2005–06 55 18 28 3 6 146 201 45 5th SJHL Sherwood Lost 1st Round
2006–07 58 41 14 0 3 241 173 85 1st SJHL Itech Won League, Lost Anavet Cup (Selkirk Steelers) 4–3
2007–08 58 48 9 - 1 235 113 97 1st SJHL Won League, Won AC, Won RBC
2008–09 56 45 8 - 3 249 130 93 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
2009–10 58 24 26 - 8 160 179 56 9th SJHL Lost Preliminary (La Ronge Ice Wolves) 3–0
2010–11 58 33 24 - 1 216 198 67 5th SJHL Lost Quarter-final (Melfort Mustangs) 4–2
2011–12 58 42 11 - 5 240 145 89 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
2012–13 54 36 14 - 2 185 120 76 T-1st SJHL Lost in SJHL Final 2–4 (Yorkton Terriers)
2013–14 56 31 20 - 1 146 132 67 6th SJHL Lost in 2nd Round 1–4 (Yorkton Terriers)
2014–15 56 24 25 - 7 152 163 55 4th of 4 Vittera
8th of 12 SJHL
Lost Wildcard, 1–3 (Weyburn Red Wings)
2015–16 58 17 36 4 1 165 245 39 4th of 4 Finning
11th of 12 SJHL
DNQ
2016–17 58 31 25 1 1 178 178 64 2nd of 4 Finning
5th of 12 SJHL
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Nipawin Hawks)
2017–18 58 33 19 3 3 203 165 72 2nd of 4 Global Ag
?th of 12 SJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Melfort Mustangs)
*Semifinals 0–0 (Nipawin Hawks)
  • In the 1971–72 season, teams played 1- and 2-point games, with teams playing between 42 and 60 games each. Teams could win a maximum of 8 points against another team during the season, so if they played the other team only 4 times, all games were two-point games, if they played each other 6 times, however, 4 of the games had a value of one point each, the other two games being worth 2 points each. Humboldt, Melville and Prince Albert all ended up with 32–12 records, but Humboldt won more two-point games and as a result ended with 53 points compared to 51 for Melville and Prince Albert.

Playoffs

  • 1971 Lost Final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-3
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1 SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Dauphin Kings (MJHL4-games-to-2 MAN/SASK CHAMPIONS
Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2 SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Portage Terriers (MJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 3-games-to-2 Humboldt forfeits
  • 1974 Lost Quarter-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1975 DNQ
  • 1976 Lost Quarter-final
Swift Current Broncos defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 1977 Lost Quarter-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1978 Lost Quarter-final
Swift Current Broncos defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1979 Lost Quarter-final
Swift Current Broncos defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
  • 1980 DNQ
  • 1981 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1982 Lost Quarter-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1983 Lost Quarter-final
Moose Jaw Canucks defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1984 Lost Quarter-final
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
  • 1985 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Swift Current Indians 4-games-to-2
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Swift Current Indians 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3 SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Winnipeg South Blues (MJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Lloydminster Lancers 4-games-to-none SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL4-games-to-none ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Richmond Sockeyes (BCJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
First in Centennial Cup round robin (3–0)
Richmond Sockeyes (BCJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 5–2 in Final
  • 1988 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Winnipeg South Blues (MJHL4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Vernon Lakers (BCJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 1990 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 1991 Lost Final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-3
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1992 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-1
Melfort Mustangs defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 1993 Lost Quarter-final
Flin Flon Bombers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
  • 1994 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-3
Melfort Mustangs defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1995 Lost Preliminary
Kindersley Klippers defeated Humboldt Broncos 2-games-to-1
  • 1996 Lost Quarter-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 2-games-to-none
Melfort Mustangs defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 1997 Lost Preliminary
Kindersley Klippers defeated Humboldt Broncos 2-games-to-none
  • 1998 Lost Preliminary
Battlefords North Stars defeated Humboldt Broncos 2-games-to-none
  • 1999 Lost Final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Kindersley Klippers 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melfort Mustangs 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 2000 Lost Semi-final
Second in round robin (2–2) vs. Kindersley Klippers and Nipawin Hawks
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-none
Battlefords North Stars defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
  • 2001 Lost Quarter-final
Flin Flon Bombers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
  • 2002 Lost Final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Notre Dame Hounds 4-games-to-1
Kindersley Klippers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melfort Mustangs 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-none SJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated OCN Blizzard (MJHL4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Second in 2003 Royal Bank Cup round robin (2–2)
Humboldt Broncos defeated Wellington Dukes (OPJHL3–2 in semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL3–1 in final ROYAL BANK CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 2004 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-3
Kindersley Klippers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 2005 Lost Quarter-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-3
Estevan Bruins defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
  • 2006 Lost Preliminary
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
First in round robin (2–1–1) vs. Battlefords North Stars and Melfort Mustangs
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melfort Mustangs 4-games-to-3
Humboldt Broncos defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3
First in round robin (2–0) vs. Melfort Mustangs and Flin Flon Bombers
Humboldt Broncos defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Kindersley Klippers 4-games-to-3 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Portage Terriers (MJHL4-games-to-none ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Second in 2008 Royal Bank Cup round robin (2–2)
Humboldt Broncos defeated Cornwall Colts (CJHL6–1 in semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL1–0 in final ROYAL BANK CUP CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Portage Terriers (MJHL4-games-to-3 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Second in 2009 Royal Bank Cup round robin (2–2)
Humboldt Broncos defeated Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL3–2 OT in semi-final
Vernon Vipers (BCHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 2–0 in final
  • 2010 Lost Preliminary
La Ronge Ice Wolves defeated Humboldt Broncos 3-games-to-none
  • 2011 Lost Quarter-final
Melfort Mustangs defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2″
Humboldt Broncos defeated La Ronge Ice Wolves 4-games-to-0
Humboldt Broncos defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-2
Humboldt Broncos defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos defeated Portage Terriers (MJHL4-games-to-3 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 2012 Royal Bank Cup round robin (4-0)
Woodstock Slammers (MHL) defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-3 OT in semi-final
  • 2013 Lost Final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melfort Mustangs 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-1
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-2
  • 2014 Lost Semi-final
Humboldt Broncos defeated Melfort Mustangs 4-games-to-1
Yorkton Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-1
  • 2015 Lost Wildcard
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Humboldt Broncos 3-games-to–1
  • 2016 DNQ
  • 2017 Lost Quarter-final
Nipawin Hawks defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games–to-0
  • 2018
Humboldt Broncos defeated Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-1
*Humboldt Broncos Semifinal Playoff match against Nipawin Hawks is Postponed Indefinitely due to Humboldt Broncos bus crash (Results N/A)

 

TEAM HISTORY WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

NHL announces new Humanitarian honor – The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

 

(courtesy NHL Public Relations)

O’Ree to Make Inaugural Presentation During the 2018 NHL Awards

 

NEW YORK (April 6, 2018) – The NHL announced today the creation of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award to recognize the commitment of those who are improving lives and strengthening their communities through the game of hockey. It will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards™.

 

The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award – aligned with hockey’s Declaration of Principles and named after trailblazer Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL — embodies the spirit of O’Ree’s work over the last two decades, during which he has worked tirelessly in grassroots hockey to inspire underserved, marginalized and disadvantaged youth to set goals and follow their dreams.

 

The award will be presented to a person, team, league, rink or association (not affiliated with the NHL or any NHL Club), who best utilizes hockey as a platform for participants to build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience.

 

“I believe in our youth, and in the power of the game of hockey to unlock the on- and off-ice potential of boys and girls around the world,” said O’Ree. “I am honored to be chosen as the namesake for this award, which will shine a light on many others within the hockey community who share a similar belief, passion and vision of the future of this game.”

 

“We are privileged to honor Willie with the creation of this new community award,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. ”He has dedicated his life to equality and inclusion; to supporting young people of all backgrounds who are following their dreams; and to using hockey as a platform to build character and teach life skills.”

 

Beginning on May 1, anyone who has shown they embody those ideals within youth and community hockey (people, teams, leagues, rinks or associations) may be nominated in one of two ways:

 

  • Directly on a chosen social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) via a post (video or photo + detailed caption) and the use of hashtag, #NHLOReeAward; OR

 

 

A committee, including O’Ree himself, will narrow the field down to six finalists from all submitted nominations before opening the voting to the public to cast their ballots online from May 15th-May 30th.

 

The winner of the inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award will be invited to participate in the 2018 NHL Awards™.

 

About Willie O’Ree

Willie O’Ree is the National Hockey League’s Diversity Ambassador for the Hockey is for Everyone initiative, a post he has held since January 1998. On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, he became the first black person to play in the NHL — an extraordinary event that paved the way for future players of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

 

O’Ree played 45 games with the Bruins from 1958-61. His long professional career spanned 21 seasons, mostly in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls.

 

As Diversity Ambassador, O’Ree has helped the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative introduce more than 120,000 boys and girls of diverse backgrounds to unique hockey experiences. Over the past decade, O’Ree has traveled thousands of miles across North America helping to establish 26 local grassroots hockey programs, all geared towards serving economically disadvantaged youth. While advocating strongly that “Hockey is for Everyone,” O’Ree stresses the importance of essential life skills, education, and the core values of hockey, which are: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.

 

O’Ree himself has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In addition to being inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, he received the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2003. In 2007 O’Ree became the inaugural recipient of the Bill Walsh Champion of Change Award, which recognizes an individual whose tenaciousness of purpose paved a path of opportunity to everyone. In January 2008 the Fredericton, New Brunswick City Council named their new hockey arena after O’Ree in honor of his accomplishments.

 

In April 2010 O’Ree received the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor. He is the first black hockey player ever to receive the prestigious award.

 

In June 2011 O’Ree received the Sports Museum’s Hockey Legacy Award in recognition of his trailblazing NHL career and his many contributions to the hockey community.

 

O’Ree resides in San Diego, California with his wife, Deljeet, and daughter Chandra.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

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