Humboldt bus crash anniversary impacts Silver Knights defenseman

Brayden Pachal writes the initials “AH” on his stick tape before every game.

They are in memory of Adam Herold, a defenseman from Montmartre, Saskatchewan, who was Pachal’s teammate for a time with Prince Albert in the Western Hockey League and was one of 16 killed in the bus crash three years ago involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

The tribute always carries more significance for the Silver Knights defenseman during this time of the year. The third anniversary of the crash was Tuesday, and plans for a tribute center and roadside memorial were announced to honor the 16 victims.

“It’s something that you’ll remember every year on April 6 and something that I think about quite often,” Pachal said.

Herold, Paschal said, was “someone that I remember because he’s an amazing hockey player and could easily be in my shoes. It’s a guy I wish was still here with us and a guy that I play for.”

Pachal grew up in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and played with or against several of the players from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League club. He was officiating a senior league hockey game with his father when news of the crash spread.

Herold, 16, had been called up to Prince Albert for the playoffs in 2018. When the Raiders were eliminated, he returned to Humboldt to continue playing.

Prince Albert won the WHL title the following season and dedicated the victory to Herold, who…

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