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Humboldt Survivor Kaleb Dahlgren

Blog/FavouritesMarch 16th 2023
Jacqueline Hong

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team was travelling by bus to a playoff game when it collided with a transport truck that ran a stop sign and blindsided the bus. Thirteen people, all of which were players, were injured. Sixteen people passed away, including two coaches, ten players, athletic therapist, statistician, radio announcer and bus driver. 

Kaleb Dalghren was one of thirteen that survived. He suffered a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back. From a young age, Kaleb had to be resilient - he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 4 years old and were told by doctors that his chance of playing hockey competitively was sparse, which he later proved to be wrong.

Once Kaleb recovered from the bus crash, Kaleb returned to ice to play for York University's varsity hockey team. While at York, he earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, graduating as Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude and Varsity Athletics Male Graduate of the Year in April 2021. Currently, Kaleb is studying to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. 

He is dedicated to helping others and spreading his message through theatre talks across the country to help fund his schooling and local community volunteer work. He is also the founder of Dalghren's Diabeauties to give back to children with Type 1 Diabetes. Through this program, he is able to raise awareness, support and guidance to his community Diabeauties. 

Kaleb was the recipient of the Canadian Volunteer Award for Emerging Leader of the Prairies, The National JDRF Young Volunteer of the Year Award and dozens of other accolades for his community service. Kaleb dedicated his remaining time to become a #1 Best Selling Author for his memoir Crossroads: My Story of Tragedy and Resilience as a Humboldt BroncoAs a speaker, he is known for his honesty, his inspiration & his captivating story telling. 

Kaleb Dahlgren will be speaking in Brantford on March 22, 2023 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm) at The Sanderson Centre. Tickets are $35 and are available for you to purchase here.