The Humboldt Broncos are planning to ice a team for the 2018-19 season, the team announced on Friday.
Beginning this coming week, the Broncos will start recruiting a head coach and general manager to replace Darcy Haugan, who was one of 16 people to die in the April 6 crash that saw the team’s bus collide with a semi-trailer truck while on their way to a playoff game in Saskatchewan. Thirteen others were injured.
“Darcy Haugan was selfless, inspirational and motivating, building up his players to be great ambassadors and role models both on the ice and in the community.” said Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger in a statement. “He was the coach every player wanted, and that other coaches wanted to emulate.”
“As a general manager, Darcy made smart decisions and was driven to ensure the Broncos organization succeeded in every aspect of its operations. He took our team to new heights – it will be incredibly difficult to find someone that can rise to his standards.”
Finding a new head coach and GM is the first step in the rebuilding process. The next step will take place from May 25-27 when the Broncos welcome 80 prospective players for an invite-only camp. It hasn’t been announced whether any of the players injured in the crash will be back with the team.
Season tickets for their Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League campaign will also go on sale soon, the team says.