Ten members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team will reunite for the first time at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
“It means so much to me because we haven’t all been able to meet in person at the same time,” Broncos player Kaleb Dahlgren told ESPN.com. “Sure, you can talk over text, FaceTime, or call, but it’s not the same as talking face to face and giving your brother a hug. I’m very thankful to be able to be with my brothers and honor those 29 people who were in the accident. The support we have received from the world has been amazing and it sure does help.”
On April 6, 14 were killed in Saskatchewan, Canada, after a tractor-trailer hit the bus carrying the Broncos. However, the death toll rose to 16 after two others succumbed to their injuries. The team’s coach and 10 players were among those who died, while 13 other players were injured.
More than $15 million was raised for the team on GoFundMe in the weeks after the tragedy, making it the second-largest campaign in GoFundMe history.
Three surviving members of the team are unable to make the trip to Las Vegas, according to ESPN.