Kristopher Tavener was a competitive hockey player but dreams of a life dedicated to the sport died with him when the car he was travelling in collided with a tanker truck on a highway near Lloydminster early Saturday.

Tavener, 17, was one of six teens – all aged between 13 and 17 and all from the Lloydminster area – who were killed in the crash along Highway 17.

The Tavener family, from Marshall, Sask., waited quietly in their home Saturday, knowing some of Kristopher's friends had been confirmed dead and that their son and brother was still missing, reports the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

It wasn't long before they received a call from the RCMP asking them to a meeting with all the parents involved in the tragedy. Kristopher's 12-year-old bother went to stay with a friend, while his 11-year-old sister stayed home with a family friend, according to the Star-Phoenix.

It was at that meeting that Mounties broke the news to them Kristopher had also been involved in the crash and had not survived.

Shaken by the news, Tavener's parents called their son a "protective big brother and a loving son," a "true and faithful friend" who was a gifted hockey player, according to the CBC.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time in the outdoors.

"A part of our world has been taken, we will never ever forget you and love you always," the Tavener family said in a statement posted by the CBC.

The other five teens killed in the crash are Aimie Candace Hurley, 14, from Lloydminster, Mackenzie Moen, 14, from Lloydminster, Naomi Salas-Schafer, 13, from Lloydminster, Jayden Boettcher, 16, from Marshall, Sask. and Tarren Attfield, 15, from Lashburn, Sask.

Mounties continue to investigate the crash but say they are uncertain at this point what caused it.

The collision was originally reported as a semi roll-over. In the course of their investigation, Mounties discovered a second vehicle was involved in the incident and that five dead teens lay inside it. A sixth teen was taken to hospital, where he later died due to his injuries.

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  • Naomi Salas-Schafer

    Naomi Salas-Schafer is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Salas-Schafer is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Tarren Attfield

    Tarren Attfield is shown in a handout photo, released on Wednesday June 26, 2013. Attfield is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Mackenzie Moen

    Mackenzie Moen is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Moen is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Jayden Boettcher

    Jayden Boettcher is shown in a handout photo, released on Tuesday June 18, 2013. Boettcher is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Aimie Candace Elizabeth Hurley

    Aimie Candace Elizabeth Hurley is shown in a 2010 photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Hurley is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Kristopher Tavener

    Kristopher Tavener is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Tavener is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013.

  • A trapped up vehicle sits on a trailer after it was involved in a collision with a semi near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013.

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013. RCMP now say six people died in a collision involving a semi and another vehicle near Lloydminster, Sask.

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013. RCMP now say six people died in a collision involving a semi and another vehicle near Lloydminster, Sask.

  • Tarren Attfiled has been confirmed as one of the victims in the crash. He was from Lashburn, Sask.