Funeral held for Humboldt Broncos hockey team trainer killed in bus crash

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HUMBOLDT, Sask. — A funeral is underway in Humboldt, Sask., for the athletic therapist with the Broncos junior hockey team.

Dayna Brons was 24.

Brons died in hospital five days after the team’s bus collided with a semi truck on the way to a playoff game April 6.

Fifteen others were killed and nine remain in hospital.

People filed into the town’s arena wearing Humboldt Broncos jerseys to honour the young woman they described as sunny, independent and tenacious.

Brons was raised on a farm in nearby Marysburg and attended school in Lake Lenore, where her family says she loved sports and was one of the few girls to play hockey.

She also played the saxophone.

After graduation, Brons studied kinesiology and athletic therapy and worked with the Saskatoon SWAT Lacrosse team and at a Saskatchewan Roughriders football training camp in 2016.

Honour guards for the funeral included Broncos and SWAT alumni, along with members of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

The Canadian Press