Jacob Wasserman and Fellow Surviving Teammate Ryan Straschnitzki
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Surviving Former Humboldt Bronco Qualifies For 2024 Paralympics

Published March 28, 2024 at 8:28 PM

Tragedy struck the hockey world nearly six years ago when the Humboldt Broncos were involved in a catastrophic accident. Yet, in a tale of redemption and resilience, one survivor has overcome all odds.

Hockey is not a safe sport by any stretch of the word, and most players can expect to face injuries along the road to stardom. Yet, the members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Association collided with an irresponsible semi-driver in Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018 in what was a horrific and avoidable incident.

With 16 deceased and 13 injured, this crash took away more than just lives, but also hopes and futures for so many young players. However, the story continues for one survivor of this tragedy, whose dedication just earned him a spot in the next Paralympic games.


Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Saskatoon's Jacob Wassermann has qualified a spot for Canada at the Paralympics in the PR1 men's single category.

The ultimate story of resilience. Athleticism. Congratulations Jacob."

The surviving Humboldt Broncos Goaltender, Jacob Wasserman, will be representing Canada in the 2024 Paralympics

Jacob Wasserman was a goaltender with the Humboldt Broncos who survived the fatal crash that afternoon, though became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his injuries. Though he will not be on the ice,he will be representing Canada in the Paralympics in the category of PR1 men's single rowing. He will be competing with the Saskatoon Rowing Club.

"Incredible news as Jacob Wassermann, a survivor of the Humboldt Broncos crash, has qualified for his first Paralympics in rowing this summer in Paris.

Hailing from Humboldt, Wassermann competes with the Saskatoon Rowing Club."

Even though April 6 will always be a dark day for hockey fans, it is great to see one survivor make the best of his situation. This will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration for anyone who has physical challenges to overcome.

Source: Blades of Steel
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