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The playoff season in hockey is a big thing in Saskatchewan each spring.

Last Friday night, like thousands of other people, I was attending the opening game of the Moose Jaw Warriors/Swift Current Broncos second round matchup.  Midway between the first and second periods, one of my son's friends came down to our seats and said there was a posting on social media about a horrific crash on one of our highways.

The posting talked about the Humboldt Bronco's hockey team bus and a semi being in a t-bone crash south of Nipawin, Saskatchewan.  The posting also talked about a large number of fatalities.  At first, your natural reaction is to be sceptical but also living in dread that it's true.  As the evening wore on, more and more people were becoming aware of the posting and more and more people were wondering about what was happening on that highway south of Nipawin.

Because we were attending a game being played by Swift Current, those of us old enough to remember thought back to that tragic day in the 1980's when four members of that hockey team lost their lives when the team bus rolled over.  The reality is now in front of all of us and that reality is that 15 individuals on that bus travelling on Highway 35 have lost their lives and that all but one of the remaining 14 are still in hospital with varying degrees of injury.  We are told that some of those injuries are of a very serious nature.

There has been an outpouring of grief and support for the team, the individuals and their families from across this province and our nation.  Condolences and support have poured in from around the world.  Saskatchewan is the kind of place where we will extend the helping hand and help our fellow citizens get through this time of trial with our thoughts and prayers, our willingness to help and our financial resources.

On behalf of myself, my family and the PC Party of Saskatchewan, we send our condolences, our love and our prayers to everyone involved in this tragic event.  May God keep them all in His loving care.

I was going to talk about the upcoming budget that will be presented tomorrow but I will reserve my comments until after the budget and in next week's commentary.

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