Statue of coach who died in Humboldt Broncos bus crash unveiled in northern Alberta city

A junior hockey coach who was killed in a lethal bus crash that scarred the nation was honoured this weekend with a bronze statue unveiled within the Alberta city the place he grew up and coached one other workforce to 5 league championships.

Darcy Haugan, 42, was considered one of 16 individuals who died after the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey workforce’s bus and a semi collided at a crossroads in Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018.

Haugan was remembered over the weekend as a coach who pushed his gamers to deliver their highest to the rink and to their private lives.

“We have been all devastated after we heard the information in April 2018. Like many in our group, it was exhausting to digest, exhausting to understand what had occurred,” city councillor Orren Ford mentioned on the unveiling of the statue on Saturday in Peace River, Alta., sometimes wiping away tears.

13 others have been injured within the crash.

Previous to becoming a member of the Broncos, Haugan, who was a religious Christian, coached the North Peace Navigators within the Northwest Junior Hockey League for 12 seasons.

Navigators president Albert Cooper mentioned discussions started about how they needed to recollect Haugan a few month after the tragedy. Concepts like naming a constructing or a avenue after Haugan have been additionally thought of.

“I really felt a statue can be distinctive — a pleasant addition for our city,” he mentioned in an interview Sunday.

A statue devoted to Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan is seen in Peace River, Alta., in a Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, handout picture. (HO-Albert Cooper/The Canadian Press)

The statue, which is three-quarters life-size and weighs over 190 kilograms, was solid by Don and Shirley Begg of Studio West in Cochrane, Alta.

The bronzesmiths’ physique of previous work touches on themes of  tragedy and hockey. It features a sculpture honouring 4 RCMP officers who have been gunned down in Mayerthorpe, Alta., in 2005, in addition to serving to with sculpting the Wayne Gretzky statue that now stands outdoors Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Don Begg mentioned the artists needed for instance Haugan’s teaching philosophy with the piece.

“He needed them to be not simply good hockey gamers, however good group folks,” Begg mentioned of Haugan when reached by cellphone on Sunday.

“That is what we have been attempting to painting in him.”

Attendance on the ceremony outdoors Baytex Power Centre needed to be restricted resulting from COVID-19, though his widow, Christine, sons Carson and Jackson, and oldsters have been there.

“I can inform you indisputably, Darcy can be in full disbelief seeing this,” Christina Haugan instructed the small crowd.

Ford mentioned Haugan noticed his gamers as “full and full males, not simply as hockey gamers.”

“He made it his mission to mould them into males he knew they may very well be — males who cared about their household and their group along with their workforce and the game of hockey,” he mentioned.

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