"Fatalities have been confirmed, and we have a number of injuries".
McAvoy said the bus trips are "honestly one of my favourite parts of playing hockey".
"Those guys were very entertaining to watch".
"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this awful tragedy", Broncos president Kevin Garinger said in a statement.
The young player was working towards a university hockey scholarship, and was having a "really good year" with the Broncos.
The victims were dispatched by helicopter and ambulance to care centres in nearby Saskatoon. While he was driven towards his dreams and "hockey all the time", he also loved ping-pong, volleyball and "any physical activity, anything that involved competition, McAvoy said".
The bus was t-boned by the truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos Friday night.
"The images and the injuries that I saw yesterday, really that's what they reminded me of, when there was an airstrike and a massive number of people would be coming in at the same time in frightful shape", said Masri, who has done work in war-torn Syria. There are casualties and it's very bad.
Mr Opp said the truck hit the side of the players' bus, adding that the coaching staff and players from the Hawks are waiting to help. The names of the dead and injured have not been released, but some have been confirmed by family members.
Heath officials were directing relatives of the Broncos to the Apostolic Church in the town of Nipawin.
"And they came back", he said. You nearly feel guilty where you've gotten through all our careers not having to go through something like this. "Whether your kids played basketball or hockey, you sent your kids away on buses, you expect them to be safe, and something like this happens". "I have never seen so many emergency vehicles in such a close proximity before", he said.
It is not yet known who has died. "I'm just so grateful".
The Jets and Blackhawks will also have a moment of silence before their matchup in Winnipeg, but the two franchises didn't stop there.
"Our hearts ... the hockey world's an unbelievable world".
"Words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight", wrote Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in a Facebook post.
From a grieving province, thank you to every one of the first responders and medical professionals for your courageous response under the most hard circumstances imaginable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities affected by this disgusting tragedy. An online fundraising campaign set up for family members of the team had raised more than $300,000 early Saturday.
Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington said she was shocked to learn of the crash Friday night.
"We are devastated by the tragic news from the Humboldt Broncos today".
"It's been mind-blowing and just so heartwarming", Kellington said.
"(The Broncos are) everything", Lauer said.
The Broncos were to hold a news conference Saturday afternoon to update the tragedy.