Humboldt Broncos Forward Kaleb Dahlgren may have suffered significant injuries in the team's tragic bus crash just over a month ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from moving up in the hockey world.
Dahlgren signed a letter of intent committing to the York University Lions men’s hockey team, which means he could play for the club as early as next season. The Lions have made it clear the offer will remain intact “as long as necessary” to give Dahlgren all the time he needs to recover.
Dahlgren was one of the 29 passengers on board the Humboldt Broncos' bus which collided with a semi-trailer April 6 leaving 16 dead and 13 with varying injuries.
“I will honour their legacy in all I do as I carve my own path forward at York, on the ice and off,” Dahlgren wrote on social media.
Dahlgren’s injuries, which included damaged vertebrae, a fractured skull, and a brain injury, didn’t deter the Lions interest in him. In fact, York head coach Russ Herrington visited Dahlgren as soon as he could.
"We were fortunate enough to visit with Kaleb on the first day he received a day pass from the rehabilitation hospital, and myself and [assistant coach] Jesse Messier took five players to Saskatoon to have breakfast with Kaleb and his parents, where we delivered the letter of intent in person,” Herrington said in a statement.
Dahlgren already had strong ties to the Lions’ program before signing. He was recommended to the team by former Lions Assistant Captain Mark Cross, who was an assistant coach of the Broncos this year and lost his life in the crash.
“We are honoured that Kaleb has decided to follow in Mark's footsteps and become a Lion,” Herrington said. “We are very much looking forward to him making a full recovery and joining us here at York when he is able."
Dahlgren moved to Humboldt to play with the Broncos partly to start an initiative called Dahlgren’s Diabeauties, a program to help local kids deal with diabetes. Dahlgren himself is Type 1 diabetic.
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