Jacob Wasserman, survivor of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus accident, qualifies for the 2024 Paralympics six years after he was left paralyzed in an accident that killed 16 hockey teammates and staff.

Jacob Wasserman, survivor of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus accident, qualifies for the 2024 Paralympics six years after he was left paralyzed in an accident that killed 16 hockey teammates and staff.

Written by Oliver Salt

12:52 30 March 2024, updated 13:03 30 March 2024


  • Wasserman was one of 13 people injured after the fatal bus crash in 2018
  • The Canadian completed an inspiring comeback despite being paralyzed
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Former hockey star Jacob Wasserman has qualified for the Paralympics — six years after he was left paralyzed by a Humboldt Broncos bus accident.

Wasserman, who survived the 2018 accident that claimed the lives of 16 Broncos players and crew, will head to Paris later this year after qualifying in the PR1 men’s single sculls category.

The Canadian has completed an inspiring comeback after being paralyzed from the navel down following a tragic bus accident, having also claimed gold in the men’s individual PR1 category at the 2023 Para Rowing National Championships.

He also tried his hand at ice hockey back in October, but told 980 CJME’s Shane Clausing that “it was never something that suited me.” It was kind of hockey before my injury.

Then a friend suggested he turn his attention to rowing, and less than a year later Wasserman was set to become a Paralympian in that sport.

Jacob Wasserman has qualified for the Paralympics — six years after he was left paralyzed by a Humboldt Broncos bus accident.
Wasserman survived the fatal 2018 crash, which claimed the lives of 16 Broncos players and staff.
The team was on its way to a playoff spot in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Paralyzed from the navel down, Wasserman completed his inspiring comeback as a rower

The former goaltender was one of the survivors of the Broncos’ bus accident in April 2018, when the team’s coach was struck by a semi-trailer truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, while they were on their way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game.

The other driver failed to stop at a flashing stop sign at a highway intersection before crashing into the bus, killing 16 people and injuring 12 others besides Wasserman. It was the deadliest accident in Canada in more than 20 years.

In July that year, 29-year-old truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily injury.

Sidhu pleaded guilty to the charges in early 2019 and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Wasserman earned SJHL Rookie of the Year honors as a Humboldt player before his hockey career ended after a bus accident.

Speaking in October, he spoke candidly about his aspirations to reach this year’s Paralympics. “This is the dream,” he said. ‘That’s definitely the goal. LA 2028 is a place to look forward to.

We’ll see (around Paris in 2024) I think. There’s a chance, but the big target is definitely Los Angeles.



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