DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar reacted to the tragedy that hit his hometown in Saskatchewan, Canada.

At least 15 people died after a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a semi truck Friday night.

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Contents of the semi truck which crashed with a bus in Canada. (credit: CBS)

The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

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(credit: CBS)

The team was on its way to the city of Nipawin for a game.

Bednar says his small hometown has been hit hard.

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Jared Bednar (credit: CBS)

“I have a couple of friends that one of their sons was a goal tender for the Broncos. He survived. He went to surgery last night in Saskatoon, and hopefully he’s doing better, but it’s a tough time for that town,” Bednar said.

Members of the Humboldt team range in age from 16 to 21, according to an online team roster.

Twenty-nine people were on the bus. The victim’s identities have not been confirmed.

Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic was part of a 1986 Canadian junior hockey team that was also involved in a deadly crash. Four people were killed in that crash.

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