The Regina Pats are back together to start getting ready for the Mastercard Memorial Cup, but it’s hard to forget the events that transpired between now and their first round exit at the hands of the Swift Current Broncos on April 2.
On April 6, a bus carrying the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos was hit by a semi-trailer while the team was on its way to Nipawin for a playoff game resulting in 16 getting killed including 10 players.
Jesse Gabrielle knew two of the players who were killed and says being on the bus travelling throughout Western Canada gives the team a chance to bond and that you never think of something like what happened to the Broncos happening.
To show support, he suited up in Moosomin at a charity game Friday night.
Jake Leschyshyn also reflected on the tragedy. Goalie Jacob Wassermann played with the team in the latter stages of the season so he got to know all the players. Leschyshyn also knew one of the players who was killed and two who were injured. He says he has nothing but fond memories of Evan Thomas.
He was probably the most quiet and humble guy I’ve played with,” Leschyshyn said. “He never spoke up too much, and kind of kept to himself, but he had a passion for the game and always worked hard.
Leschyshyn added this is one of the hardest things he has had to go through.