A survivor of the April 2018 bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team is in Kamloops this week 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 and his family will be at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday to speak about their experience with the crash and Layne’s ongoing recovery from a brain injury. Doors open at 5 p.m., the presentation begins at 6 p.m. and Layne and Kamloops Blazers members will be signing autographs at 7 p.m. The Paramount is downtown at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue.
Donations to the Kamloops Brain Injury Association will be accepted at the door and a concession and cash bar will be open for those attending.
This Friday, Layne will be the guest speaker at the Gur Singh memorial Golf Tournament at The Dunes in Kamloops and will take to the course with his father, Kevin.
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.
For more information, contact the Kamloops Brain Injury Association office by calling 250-372-1799 or by visiting the downtown office at 408 Victoria St.