Humboldt Broncos survivor backs Caps, pledges to play again
Kaleb Dahlgren wants to play hockey again … but he has a long way to go
Dahlgren, 20, is a surviving member of the Humboldt Broncos of the Junior A Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, which tragically saw 16 people – including 10 players – killed and 13 others injured in a bus crash on April 6, in a collision with a truck. He was at attendance Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena in Washington on Monday night.
Dahlgren is recovering from serious injuries he suffered in the crash, including a fractured skull, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae – two in his neck and four others in his back.
Dahlgren, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has committed to play for York University in Toronto “whenever he’s ready,” the team said.
He was recognized and shown on the video screen during a stoppage of play late in the first period on Monday night. All the players on both the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights tapped their sticks on the ice and on the boards and clapped in salute as the crowd gave him an ovation.
He was wearing a Humboldt Broncos jersey and pulled it up to reveal a Capitals jersey underneath.
“I have big goals,” Dahlgren told ESPN.com. “I want to play hockey again. I’m going to play hockey again. I’m going to play College (hockey) and get an education.