Drumheller Dragons Assistant Coach Brayden Klimosko couldn't believe his ears when he heard the news about the Humboldt bus accident.
Klimosko is originally from Humboldt, SK and played hockey for the Broncos. What's more, he has only been with the Dragons since June 2017 -- before that, he was the Assistant Coach for the Humboldt Broncos.
"There's really no words to be said at this moment," he said. "You pray for those families, you really do. We aren't sure about the numbers yet or anything and you hear a lot of rumours out there, but honestly, you're just sick to your stomach at the moment."
A bus carrying 29 players, parents, staff and volunteers collided with a semi-truck in northern Saskatchewan on Friday evening. Fifteen of the occupants have died and 14 are in the hospital with a variety of injuries.
When he heard of the tragedy, Klimosko immediately headed to Humboldt to grieve with his family, friends and the community.
"A lot of [the victims], I still know. A lot of them I keep in contact with," he revealed, before adding. "Definitely the worst day in my life, for sure, was yesterday."
Messages of support from across the world poured in yesterday, including condolences from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump.
"You just see the outgoing support from anyone and everyone right now, and it's been phenomenal," Klimosko revealed. "I know there's been line-ups in Saskatoon to donate blood. Everyone's trying to do their best to make a terrible situation a little bit better."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims and their families. Within 24 hours, over 45,000 people have contributed over $3 million.