A survivor of the April 2018 bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team will be in Kamloops this fall to help kick off the Gur Singh Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual event that raises money for the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.
Layne Matechuk, 19, was one of 13 people injured in the crash that occurred when a semi-trailer went through a stop sign and plowed into the Broncos’ bus, which was en route to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game.
Matechuk was seriously injured, with head trauma and other injuries. He was in a coma for a month and had to learn again how to walk and talk. He is continuing his rehabilitation.
Matechuk will be in Kamloops for a Sept. 5 presentation at the Paramount Theatre. On Sept. 6, he will be the guest speaker at the Gur Singh memorial Golf Tournament at The Dunes in Kamloops and take to the course with his father, Kevin.
The presentation at the Paramount will feature Matechuk and his family sharing their experiences with his recovery from his brain injury. There will also be guests from the Kamloops Blazers.
Prior to the crash, Matechuk had played hockey since he was three years old, being a member of the 2017-2018 Broncos and a draft pick of the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers.
Tickets for the golf tournament and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the Kamloops Brain Injury Association office at 250-372-1799 or visiting the downtown office at 408 Victoria St.