Humboldt Broncos’ Ryan Straschnitzki back on the ice after surgery
Ryan Straschnitzki was one of the Humboldt Broncos seriously injured when their team bus was hit by a semi-truck back in April, 2018, killing 16 players, coaches, and staff, while also injuring 12 others.
Straschnitzki was paralyzed in the crash, and a few months back underwent a special experimental surgery in Thailand that implanted a stimulator device into his spine that allows the nerves in his brain to communicate with his lower body.
On Tuesday, he was able to get back on the ice in Thailand on a sled.
I think Ryan made history in Thailand. 1st time for a sled on the ice in Thailand. The rink is on the 7th floor of the Mall (Central Plaza). More video of the whole experience on CBC The National. Not sure when. And yes. Im still waiting for Ryan to do the beer run. #stillthirsty pic.twitter.com/GyIVrtFytD— Tom Straz (@strazsr) December 3, 2019
According to Leah Murray of Discover Airdrie, a Tim Horton’s that is opening in Thailand donated ice time (as well as some timbits) to allow him to return to the ice.
Ever since the accident his goal has been to make Canada’s Sledge hockey team, saying back in March of this year that his goal is to just keep playing hockey until he can’t.