Do you remember your High School graduation day? How nervous/excited you were…how proud your family was? Do you remember walking across the stage and smiling ear to ear as you grabbed hold of that diploma? Layne Matechuk never got that moment. He never got to put the cap and gown on and march across the stage and celebrate with his classmates. Layne is one of the survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash and was still in hospital when the rest of his class was graduating. This week, he finally got his “graduation moment” but it was way more special to him than getting it from a teacher or principal…he got his from his idol Sidney Crosby
Layne and his family were in Pittsburgh Tuesday night, as special guests of Crosby and the Penguins, for their game against Ovie and the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Capitals.
This isn’t something Crosby has ever done before, but felt so honoured to be part of something like this
“We’re lucky to be in the position we’re in and it means a lot that he grew up liking me as a player. At the end of the day, it means a lot and I don’t think that ever grows old. You appreciate that and it’s great to meet him and spend some time with him and have that opportunity to share some time. He’s obviously got a crazy work ethic – you can tell he wants to be out there. For everything that happened, just to be able to show him around here and have some fun with him is good.”
“Humboldt Broncos player Layne Matechuk made a return to the ice rink on Tuesday, January 8, for the first time since being injured in a fatal crash in which the team’s bus collided with a transport truck on April 6, 2018. Matechuk, 18, suffered a brain injury in the incident and spent the first month after the crash in a coma.”
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