After the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team announced that it will be back on the ice for the 2018-19 season, there is more good news coming weeks after the devastating bus crash that took the lives of 16 people at the beginning of April.
One of the survivors of the bus crash who was injured during the incident, Kaleb Dahlgren, is making a first move to return to action and has to sign with the Lions hockey team at York University in Toronto.
"My goal is to attend York in the fall of this year," he said Friday in a statement on his Twitter account. "However, the school has assured me I can begin whenever my body is ready."
The 20-year-old is undergoing a lengthy recovery after suffering a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back.
Dahlgren was strongly recommended to the Lions by Broncos head coach Mark Cross, who tragically lost his life in the bus crash.
"Kaleb is a remarkable young man who fits the type of character person we are recruiting here to York. He is a terrific student and very active in his community," said Russ Herrington, head coach of the Lions men’s hockey team to Sportsnet.
"Mark’s recommendation and constant campaigning on Kaleb’s behalf were a big reason why we had decided to make Kaleb an offer to become a Lion even before the accident.
"We are honoured that Kaleb has decided to follow in Mark’s footsteps and become a Lion."
Dahlgren, who is a true soldier already fighting Type 1 diabetes, is expected to join the team once he feels ready and healthy to do so.
"Reaching this goal has always driven me on an off ice," he said. "However, it has taken on a new importance since April 6, 2018: to play hard and live life for my fellow teammates, for my coaches, including Mark Cross.
"I will honour their legacy in all I do as I carve my own path forward at York, on the ice and off."
Congratulations to you, Kaled!