Just over two years after suffering a broken back in the horrific 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus accident that claimed 16 lives and injured 13 others, Broncos captain Graysen Cameron announced on Sunday that he had agreed to play NCAA hockey at Northland College.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to Northland College,” Cameron tweeted. “Thank you to all of my coaches, coaches, teammates, friends, the Humboldt Broncos and most of all my family for helping me over the past year and a half get back on the ice and play… The dream becomes reality.”
The 20-year-old’s difficult journey to return to the game included time with the Calgary Flames coaches and stopped as an assistant coach with optimistic leaders Red Deer Midget AAA – his former League team Alberta midget hockey – in 2018-2019. before trying one more time and winning his spot on the Broncos last season.
“My only goal is to get to Humboldt and be able to play there,” Cameron told The Canadian Press before joining the team. “I don’t want to show off and be average, I want to make a name for myself in the league and do whatever it takes to try to get a championship there. “
In 46 games with Humboldt last season, Cameron scored five goals and added eight assists, while collecting 128 penalty minutes. His uncompromising style helped the Broncos place eighth in the SJHL standings and a playoff spot, where they eventually fell to the top-ranked Flin Flon Bombers.
In Northland next year, Cameron will compete at the NCAA Division 3 level.
“His dedication, his work ethic and his leadership are above anything you could ask for”, the Broncos tweeted. “We are truly honored to call Graysen a Bronco, and we always will! “