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04/09/2018 19:43 EDT | Updated 04/11/2018 20:38 EDT

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League To Fund Mental Health Help For All Teams After Crash

Support will be available for players on all 12 of the league's teams.

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A memorial at the stairs that lead to Elgar Petersen Arena is shown in Humboldt, Sask., on April 7, 2018.

UPDATE - April 11, 2018: Humboldt Broncos athletic therapist Dayna Brons died of her injuries in hospital, 5 days after the bus crash. She is the 16th fatality in the accident.

HUMBOLDT, Sask. — Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.

The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale.

Fourteen others were injured.

Former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy was at the fund announcement and says many players will need long-term help to deal with the trauma.

Kennedy survived a bus crash in 1986 that killed four of his teammates with the Swift Current Broncos.

"We know more today than we ever did back then," Kennedy said.

"The scars that last a lifetime are real."

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