Graysen Cameron, centre, between teammates Derek Patter, left, and Nick Shumlanski in the healthcare facility after the 2018 crash that left 16 individuals dead. Cameron, left, returned to the Broncos this previous season, presuming the function of captain with all its charitable responsibilities. After returning to the Broncos, Cameron typically passed the site of the lethal crash outside Tisdale, Sask.- Seamus Gregory, head coach at Northland College, on his recruiting journey. Seamus Gregory, head coach of the Northland College Lumberjacks, drove 17 hours from Wisconsin to persuade Cameron to attend the school.
In the hours that followed the horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash on the evening of April 6, 2018 and as the complete scope of the tragedy was being realized, there was that photo-- 3 boys on health center beds holding hands.
Teammates Derek Patter, Nick Shumlanski and Graysen Cameron were sticking to one another.In that moment they might have never known what was before them. That scene, in those painful early days, was powerful. Patter, a 20-year-old forward, suffered bleeding
outside his brain, as well as best shin and fibula fractures, a nasal bone fracture and substantial cuts and swellings. Shumlanski, a 21-year-old forward, sustained a fractured bone behind his ear and a lumbar avulsion fracture however walked away from the crash.
Both were able to resume playing hockey the next season.
Cameron was wedged between Patter and Shumlanski wearing a neck brace. He suffered a broken back, concussion and eye injury-- playing hockey again wasn't even in the realm of factor to consider.
"I was undoubtedly told I couldn't play after breaking my back. I accepted the fact that I wouldn't play again." Cameron told CBC Sports today.
The 20-year-old from Olds, Alta. would play once again. And is now on a path he thought had disappeared.