Status of Tigers draft pick Matechuk unknown following Broncos crash

By Scott Roblin
April 7, 2018 - 9:48am Updated: April 7, 2018 - 10:22am

TISDALE, SK – As the country continues to mourn for 14 members of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos killed in a bus crash on Friday, locals await word on one player with a Medicine Hat connection.

18-year-old defenceman Layne Matechuk is a member of the Broncos team and had played six playoff games for Humboldt at the time of the crash.

Matechuk was drafted 40th overall by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, after posting 38 points in 31 games with the Humboldt Bantam AA Broncos.

The Colonsay, Saskatchewan product has played in six WHL pre-season games with Medicine Hat over the last three years, posting two assists in that time.

There has been no official release from RCMP regarding the identities of those on the bus, however they did confirm that 14 people are dead and another 15 have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A total of 10 players on the Broncos playoff roster hail from Alberta, with Lethbridge being listed as the home town for veteran blueliner Logan Boulet.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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