Athletes and teams across North America have been paying tribute to the Humboldt Broncos after Friday's deadly collision between a truck and a bus that was carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team to a playoff game in the province.
The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, to the town of Nipawin for a play-off game.
"I can't even imagine being a parent, or the wife, or the kids at home, going through something like this", he said.
"It's one of the hardest days of my life", said the team's president, Kevin Garinger.
The Washington Post could not immediately independently confirm the deaths, and Canadian authorities have said they are not yet ready to release the names of victims. However as NHL gamers and followers appeared ahead to subsequent week's begin of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many additionally targeted on Friday's tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 15 individuals - together with 10 younger novice hockey gamers.
A website for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League said Schatz had been named player of the month in February.
Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, also issued a statement in support of the cummunity.
There were also 29 people on-board the bus at the time of the crash, not 28 as previously reported. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to Pittsburgh Penguins alumnus Chris Joseph, whose son, Jaxon, was among those who tragically passed away in the Humboldt Broncos bus accident".
Many people have reached out with condolences to the Humboldt community, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news", he said.
"Every day hockey teams, players, scouts and parents are on the road heading to arenas everywhere, so this impacts everyone and these young men and the Humboldt Broncos will be forever remembered", Dan Marr, the director of NHL Central Scouting, told NHL.com.
"I don't have a lot to say other than-".
Garinger said all the team can do now is help the players and their families any way they can.
"It's overwhelming. It's been tough on everybody", Muench said in a phone interview. The players, ages 16 to 21, are mainstays at community fundraisers, hospitals and senior citizen homes.
"He liked sports, but at times I think he tolerated sports so he could be a teammate", said Thomas. And yet during playoff games, like the two held against the Nipawin Hawks this past week, the arena is so full of spectators, it is standing room only, Eaton said.
"We talked to him", she said, "but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on". You can't make up for loss, you just can't.