Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

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.

In the months that have followed the surgery he has made significant progress in his recovery, starting with movement in his legs, to taking steps at the end of November.

On Tuesday, he was able to get back on the ice in Thailand on a sled.

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.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.