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NHL Coach Fights Back Tears As He Talks About Tragic Canadian Junior Hockey Team Crash

On Friday night, a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team crashed into a tractor-trailer in Saskatchewan, resulting in 14 fatalities. The Humboldt Broncos were heading to a playoff game in the town of Nipawin. The team’s players ranged in age from 16 to 21.

While addressing the media earlier today, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock struggled to fight back tears as he spoke about the tragedy. Babcock hails from Saskatoon, which is near Humboldt.

“The hockey world is an unbelievable world,” a clearly emotional Babcock said. “You can’t make up for loss, you just can’t — it’s going to rip the heart out of your chest.”

Team captain Logan Schatz and Broncos coach Darcy Haugan are among those who were killed in the crash.

“We pray for those families and are thinking about them,” Babcock stated. “You have to embrace each and every day and each and every day you’re with your family, you better enjoy it.”

Following the tragic crash, President Donald Trump announced he had called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer his condolences.

Watch above, via Sportsnet.

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