On Friday, Humboldt Broncos defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki and his family attended the Flyers Development Camp in Voorhees, NJ. 

Straschnitzki was paralyzed in the horrific bus crash that took the lives of many of his teammates (including Jaxon Joseph, the son of Flyers Alumni defenseman Chris Joseph). The 19-year-old native of Airdrie, Alberta, is in Philadelphia undergoing rehab at Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Video: Ryan Straschnitzki of Humbolt Broncos visits Flyers

“As soon as we found out they were coming, we reached out to his family and it kind of snowballed from there,” said Flyers general manager Ron Hextall. 

“Ryan is an incredible young man. To see and talk to this young man, with all that happened and his whole life turned upside down, the attitude he has is amazing.”

Ryan, who requires a wheelchair, has undergone an arduous physical recovery process. He still has a long way to go but has made substantial progress in a short period of time. He said that every little bit of support he’s received has helped him in his recovery and helped the victims along with coping with the unspeakable losses from the tragedy. 

Straschnitzki who was texting his girlfriend while riding on the team bus, only recalls the bus driver yelling “whoa!” as the truck with which the bus collided careened into its path. The impact was so severe that Ryan was hurtled out of the bus, unconscious, before the first responders arrived at the scene.

Despite his own arduous recovery path and the emotional pain of coping with the loss of so many friends and teammates, Straschnitzki has taken to heart the outpouring of support the victims and their families have received from across North America and around the world. As a young hockey player, he is especially appreciative of

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