The Humboldt Broncos will be back on the ice Wednesday night.
As they do so at home against the Nipawin Hawks to open the 2018-19 SJHL season with a game that will be shown across the country, the thoughts of all will obviously be on those who were on the team bus April 6 when it was involved in a horrific collission with 16 being killed and another 13 being injured.
One of the 16 killed was the head coach, Darcy Haugan. His wife Christina, along with former team president Kevin Garinger, have been the faces of the club over the summer as everyone tries to come to reality with what happened and move forward
Christina admits she doesn’t know what emotions she and her two sons will have as the team moves on without her husband.
“We aren’t totally sure what it is going to be like.” Christina said. “We did watch them play an exhibition game in Peace River (Darcy’s hometown), which was a hard day seeing them step on the ice and not seeing Darcy behind the bench. Not having him behind the bench like he should be will be incredibly hard and emotional, but we will do it like we have all the other steps in the journey and take it one moment at a time.”
While some think the game against Nipawin will be a form of closure, Haugan says it won’t be for her for obvious reasons.
“It’s not closure,” Haugan said Monday. “Darcy is gone regardless, and for us it has to be a personal journey that isn’t tied closely to hockey.”
Christina has given up her position as office manager with the Broncos, but says her and her family will stay in Humboldt for at least this winter as they try and figure out if and when they should move out of a community that she says has been supportive of their family both before and after the crash.