Jaskirat Sidhu, the truck driver who pleaded guilty in causing the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, was sentenced to eight years in prison -- the longest dangerous driving sentence ever in Canada for a case that didn't involve alcohol.
Sidhu's sentence was announced on Friday in a Saskatchewan court by Judge Inez Cardinal, who said: "Nothing can turn back the clock. The collision was avoidable."
Cardinal added that the effects of the tragedy, which killed 16 people and injured 13 others, will "reverberate across Canada for years to come."
On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos -- a junior hockey team of players ages 16 to 21 -- were en route to a playoff game when their bus collided with Sidhu's truck, which was carrying peat moss. The 16 dead included 10 players as well as the team's head coach.
"This past year has been extremely difficult," Humboldt Broncos president Jamie Brockman said in a statement. "Having this legal matter settled and the sentencing complete is a big step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, our organization and the community of Humboldt and surrounding area. The sentence is subject to varying opinions but what is important is that Mr. Sidhu plead guilty, has shown remorse and has remained accountable for his careless actions."