Former Bronco Ryan Straschnitzki returns to Humboldt for the first time after crash

For the first time in 526 days, former Broncos hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki will be back in Humboldt, Sask.The 20-year-old from Airdrie, Alta., was paralyzed from the chest down when a bus carrying Humboldt's junior hockey team collided with a semi truck on the way to a playoff game on April 6, 2018.Sixteen people died and 13 others, including Straschnitzki, were injured.   "I wanted to give myself the right amount of time before returning," Straschnitzki told The Canadian Press.   "It's time."  His visit coincides with the Broncos hosting the Notre Dame Hounds in their season opener Saturday night. The Humboldt team is also celebrating its 50th anniversary and plans to welcome various alumni.Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, left, is now focusing on making Canada's national sledge hockey team. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)Straschnitzki said returning this weekend seemed like the right opportunity.  "I've got a lot of mixed feelings about going back. It seems like a long time ago now."   The driver of the semi, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary, pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving for causing the crash. He was sentenced earlier this year to eight years in prison. Court heard that the rookie driver was distracted by a flapping tarp on the back of his load when he barrelled through a rural stop sign and into the path of the hockey ...Read more

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