Two victims of Friday's tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos were drafted by the Kootenay ICE, a tragedy that claimed the lives of 15 people.
Evan Thomas and Broncos captain Logan Schatz were among those killed in the horrific crash north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan where the Junior A hockey team's bus was involved in a crash with a semi-truck.
Thomas was selected in the 10th round (209th overall) by the Kootenay ICE back in 2014 and was playing his first full season with the Humboldt Broncos at the time of the crash.
Schatz was the captain of the Broncos and was drafted 186th overall, in the 9th round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kootenay ICE where he wore the "C" for two seasons, playing for the Junior A team his entire four-year junior career.
Thomas and Schatz never played a WHL game as a member of the ICE, but their loss has been felt through the organization.
"Evan and Logan are in the hearts and minds of the Kootenay ICE players, coaches, front office and our entire community," wrote the ICE. "The Kootenay ICE organization sends our deepest condolences to the Thomas and Schatz families, as well as the Humboldt Broncos organization."
15 people were killed as a result of Friday's bus crash. Here's a list of the those that tragically lost their lives April 6, 2018:
- Adam Herold - 16 - Player - Montmarte, SK
- Evan Thomas - 18 - Player - Saskatoon, SK
- Logan Hunter - 18 - Player - St. Albert, SK
- Jacob Leicht - 19 - Player - Humboldt, SK
- Logan Schatz - 20 - Player - Allan, SK
- Jaxon Joseph - 20 - Player - Edmonton, AB
- Logan Boulet - 21 - Player - Lethbridge, AB
- Connor Lukan - 21 - Player - Slave Lake, AB
- Stephen Wack - 21 - Player - St. Albert, AB
- Parker Tobin - 18 - Player - Stony Plain, AB
- Darcy Haugan - 42 - Head Coach - Humboldt, SK
- Mark Cross - 27 - Assistant Coach - Strasburg, SK
- Tyler Bieber - 29 - Team Play-By-Play Announcer - Humboldt, SK
- Brody Hinz - 18 - Volunteer Statistician - Humboldt, SK
- Glen Doerksen - 59 - Bus Driver - Carrot River, SK
"Our hockey family lost 15 members that we will remember forever," added the Kootenay ICE.
- Bradley Jones