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Gretzky to narrate special on Humboldt bus crash

One-hour show presents untold stories, footage of junior hockey tragedy

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Wayne Gretzky will narrate a television special commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos.

"E:60" will air a one-hour special, "Forever Broncos," on ESPN on Sunday (9 a.m. ET), which will tell the story of the accident and its aftermath in a unique way, featuring untold stories and unseen footage provided by families of the players.

Tweet from @E60: April 6th 2018, the world mourned for a hockey community after a horrific bus crash killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos. One year later, those affected by that fateful day share their stories of pain, unity, and strength. pic.twitter.com/AHy6mMR3Xx

On April 6, 2018, the Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, were travelling to a playoff game when their bus collided with a semi-truck that had run a stop sign, killing 16 of the 29 people on board the bus.

In the wake of the tragedy, support from across Canada and the hockey world poured into the small prairie town located near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

In addition to Gretzky, a Hockey Hall of Famer, the 60-minute show, part of a year-long collaboration with TSN in Canada, will feature reporting by award-winning journalist Jeremy Schaap.

"It's very exciting to have the face of hockey (Gretzky) involved in a project like this," producer Mike Farrell said in a statement. "It shows how deeply this affected the hockey community, that he would be willing to do this."

Executive producer Andy Tennant said he was struck by the strength, healing, courage and resilience of the Humboldt community in telling this story.

"We will take you to a hockey town deep in the heart of Saskatchewan and introduce you to some extraordinary people," he said. "Considering the role hockey plays in their lives, we asked the greatest player ever to lend his voice to this special story."

In addition to airing on E:60, "Forever Broncos," will also be available on demand on the ESPN app.

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