WATCH: Humboldt Broncos survivor Nick Shumlanski describes crash aftermath
As the entire country continues to mourn the loss of the 15 lives cut short Friday after a horrific accident, one of the survivors is out of hospital and thanking everyone for their support.
Nick Shumlanski, a 20-year-old forward for the Humboldt Broncos, was one of the only people to walk away from the collision between the team bus and a semi-truck.
"All of a sudden we just slammed on the brakes and that's pretty much the last thing I remember is just seeing a couple of guys stand up to see what was going on," Shumlanski told CTV News on Monday. "And then I'm not sure what happened after that."
Nick was knocked unconscious.
"Somebody woke me up, I think," Nick said, as he struggled to recall the crash while speaking with Lisa LaFlamme. "And then I just managed to grab a phone from somebody, just called home to let them know that (they) needed to get there as soon as possible.'"
Nick's parents were less than half a kilometre away from the crash site. The Shumlanski's arrived at the nightmarish scene within minutes.
"It was chaos," Nick's father Myles recalled. "You almost had to be there to see it to understand it, and there's no way to describe it -- and I'd rather not describe it."
As the first two at the scene Myles and his wife Vivian did what they could to help their son's teammates as they waited for more help.
"In a way, I wish we weren't there," Myles added. "It's tough. These are your kids. These are your boy's… brothers. You don't break down, but you break down so much after because you know these families and it could easily have been our family."
Nick was the first of two players to be released from hospital on Saturday. 12 others remain in hospital, four in critical condition.
Aside from some cuts on his face, Nick has injured shoulder and a chipped vertebra.
"To come out of that the way I did, (the doctor) said I was one of the luckiest clients, or something like that, he's ever seen," Nick said. "I'm feeling pretty blessed, pretty fortunate."
He attended the vigil on the team's home ice Sunday night, the only member of the Broncos able to do so. He said he is thankful for the support from the thousands of family members, friends, fans and dignitaries from across Canada who have given him and the team their support.
"I don't think anybody is ever going to move on from this, but the support helps -- it gives you strength" he said. "We'll just take it day by day for now."