Junior hockey league to resume playoffs after Humboldt bus crash

On April 6, 14 were killed in Saskatchewan, Canada, after a tractor-trailer hit the bus carrying the junior hockey team.

After some time to heal, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will finish its season.

The league on Wednesday voted to continue with the playoffs and announced Game 1 of the final will take place Saturday between the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins and the Nipawin Hawks.

The Hawks had been scheduled to play the Humboldt Broncos before Friday's deadly crash.

"We had a grueling decision to make with respects on how we can pay tribute and honour the Humboldt Broncos," SJHL president Bill Chow said in a statement, via ESPN. "That decision is to carry through and finish off the 2017-18 season. The league will play hockey."

A total of 14 people were killed Friday in Saskatchewan, Canada, after a tractor trailer hit the bus carrying the Broncos. However, the death toll rose to 16 after two additional victims succumbed to their injuries Saturday and Wednesday.

Still, the league's Board of Governors insisted "the power of healing is in the game."

"It was unanimous to carry on," Chow added, via the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. "We had everybody on board. We made sure we talked to a lot of people in Humboldt and that Humboldt had their say. Everybody had their say as to what they thought and think, and everything they had to express. It was absolutely 100 percent endorsed to carry on."

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The accident is the most severe in junior hockey history after four people died in a 1986 accident involving another Canadian Junior Hockey team.

"In my mind, the longer a team from the SJHL plays, the longer, in some ways, the Broncos of 2017-18 stay alive," Hawks coach and general manager Doug Johnson said.