Today's the second day of funerals for Humboldt Broncos members, and three more will be laid to rest.

For Marlin Murray, the crash brings back memories of his time in the SJHL. He played from 1995-98 for the Nipawin Hawks.

"It's a really tough time for everyone involved," said Murray. "You need to get on the bus to get from A to B, and you never think something like this will happen. Saskatchewan people are really good people, they work really hard, and Jr. hockey means a lot to that community."

Although Murray didn't play his home games for the Broncos, playing for Nipawin saw him play lots against Humboldt, and he says the support for the community was tremendous.

"All of the communities in the SJHL support their teams," said Murray. "Humboldt is no different. I know the City of Humboldt will rally around this. It's not going to be easy anytime soon, but they'll be a healing process, and going forward there will be some better days."

Last Friday's crash wasn't the first heart-wrenching thing he's been a part of or saw happen in Jr. hockey.

20 years ago on November 14th, 1998, Marlin's teammate Graham Christie went down and blocked a shot, and never got up. After days in the hospital, and entering a coma, Christie passed away November, 25th. The game was being played in Humboldt.

"I've never completely gotten over what happened 20 years ago," said Murray. "There will always be a scar, and memories from that day."


In his final season in Nipawin in 1998, Murray and the Hawks lost to Weyburn in the finals.