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Former NHLer Nathan Oystrick named coach and GM of Humboldt Broncos

Atlanta Thrashers v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - DECEMBER 3: Nathan Oystrick #7 of the Atlanta Thrashers watches the puck against the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game on December 3, 2008 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada. The Senators defeated the Thrashers 5-1. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

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HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has named a former NHL player from Saskatchewan its new coach.

Nathan Oystrick says he’s looking forward to leading the team while never forgetting the tragic circumstances that brought him to the role.

The Broncos’ team bus collided with a semi-truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection in April, killing 16 people and injuring 13. Head coach Darcy Haugan died in the crash.

Oystrick played professional hockey for 10 seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

“I understand how much the Broncos have always meant to the community of Humboldt, but I also understand what the team has come to mean to so many people across North America and beyond,” Oystrick said Tuesday.

“I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get started.”