Sabres' O'Reilly visits Humboldt

Ryan O'Reilly and Connor McDavid talk to bus crash survivors

Paul Hamilton
April 18, 2018 - 9:29 am

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(WGR 550) - Ryan O’Reilly joined Oilers captain Connor McDavid on Tuesday, visiting survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people.

The Broncos are a team in Saskatchewan of 16 to 21-year-olds that were traveling to a playoff game when the team bus was hit by a semi.

The pic that you see up top is from the family of one of the Broncos players that was partially paralyzed. O’Reilly told reporters, “To help put smiles on faces and be part of this community for just a little while was heavy, it weighs heavy.”

Like most hockey players, O’Reilly spent many, many hours traveling to games on buses with the Erie Otters. He was shaken when he got the news after the game in Tampa Bay, “Right away when I heard it you think of all the bus trips you’ve been on and how close you are at that age, you see each other so much and to have that torn apart, so whatever we can do to help in any sort of way, we just jump right in and do what we can to help this hurting community.”

O’Reilly seemed very touched when he and McDavid spoke to reporters. He said, “To be at the hospital and see some of the guys was just very special.”

In addition to visiting the hospital, the two players went to the Broncos arena.

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