Humboldt Hockey Player Returns to Ice Months After Surviving Deadly Crash

He suffered serious brain injuries and has struggled to regain his speech, according to his family.

January 11, 2019 - 9:41 am
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A Canadian teen hockey player is lacing up his skates nine months after surviving a tragic crash, which claimed the lives of 16 people.

Eighteen-year-old Layne Matechuk was in a bus with his hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, when it collided with a semi-truck.

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In addition to mobility issues, he suffered serious brain injuries and has struggled to regain his speech, according to his family.

Nine months after the crash, however, Layne’s father posted inspiring videos of his son exercising and practicing on the ice, melting the hearts of those rallying for the team.

His return to the sport coincided on the same day the driver of the truck involved in the crash pleaded guilty to more than two dozen dangerous driving charges against him.