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A look at the Humboldt Broncos, who were involved in a fatal bus crash Friday

Members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team are shown in a photo posted to the team Twitter feed, @HumboldtBroncos on March 24, 2018 after a playoff win over the Melfort Mustangs. RCMP say they are at the scene of a fatal collision involving a transport truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos northeast of Saskatoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Twitter-@HumboldtBroncos MANDATORY CREDIT
April 08, 2018 - 2:40 PM

NIPAWIN, Sask. - A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was involved in a fatal crash Friday night en route to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game.

Here are some facts about the team:

The Humboldt Broncos were travelling to Nipawin for Game 5 of their SJHL semifinal. The Nipawin Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 after losing Game 4 in triple overtime. The game was officially postponed by the junior-A league Friday night. Game 6 was scheduled for Sunday in Humboldt. The Estevan Bruins had already advanced to the championship final.

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The Broncos are the most successful team in Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League history. Humboldt has won the league championship 10 times and the RBC Cup, Canada's junior A championship, twice since its inception in 1996.

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The Broncos have produced six NHLers since the team was founded in 1970. Curt Giles, Bill McDougall, Sheldon Brookbank, Terry Ruskowski, Neil Hawryliw and Grant Jennings got their start in elite-level hockey in Humboldt. Jennings went on to have the most successful career in the NHL, playing in 389 games with the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

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Although Humboldt, Sask., had been home to several junior-A teams dating back to the 1940s, the Broncos didn't get their start until 1970 when a group of local hockey organizers put together a new team for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The Humboldt group took the Swift Current Broncos up on their offer of an affiliation between the Western Canada Hockey League Broncos and a new junior-A club. The team in Swift Current provided Bronco sweaters and the Humboldt team was originally associated with nearby St. Peter's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan that operated a boys high school program until 1972.

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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously reported that six Broncos players had committed to post-secondary teams. In fact, the players were from last season's roster.

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