Humboldt Broncos Player Paralyzed in Crash Vows to Make Canadian Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team

Humboldt Broncos defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki broke his back in the tragic bus crash that killed 15 people in Saskatchewan on Friday. Now he’s paralyzed from the chest down.

However, if you think that’s going to keep Straschnitzki from playing hockey, think again.

On Saturday, just hours after undergoing a seven-hour surgery to place metal rods in his back and drain fluid from his lungs, the 18-year-old from Airdrie, Alberta, told his dad that he’s not done playing the sport he loves.

“He keeps wanting to try and move his legs, of course, because he wants to go back skating,” Ryan’s father, Tom, told the Calgary Herald. “He just looked at me and his mother and he goes, ‘well, I’m gonna get onto the Olympic sledge hockey team.’

“He’s an amazing kid, that boy.”

Of course, amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it. This is just about the most Canadian thing I’ve ever heard.

Fittingly enough, on Saturday Ryan was actually paid a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


In most cases I’d probably say it was an honor for Ryan to meet Trudeau. But in this case I actually think it was an honor for Trudeau to meet him. And I think Trudeau probably agrees.

The road ahead for Ryan Straschnitzki is not an easy one, but this kid is starting the journey with the right attitude.

The GoFundMe campaign set up for the victims of the Humboldt bus crash is up to an incredible $5.4 million at time of writing. After hearing about Ryan Straschnitzki, it’s easy to understand why. Click here is you want to add to it.

Hat Tip – [Calgary Herald]

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