Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor, national bestselling author and community builder — Kaleb Dahlgren, joins us for the fifth episode of the Play On! Podcast. He shares his story of recovery and triumphs following the devasting bus crash and thanks everyone for the countless support received to date, along with what led him to create Dahlgren’s Diabeauties – a unique program designed to provide support to youth living with Diabetes.
He also shares what happened one day when he was out playing street hockey with some friends on rollerblades in Saskatchewan (hint: involved a post-game trip to the dentist), and how he got involved as an ambassador with This Is Our Shot – a Canada-wide campaign that aims to replace hesitancy with confidence when it comes to getting the vaccine for COVID-19; and much more!
Get a copy of Kaleb Dahlgren's book, Crossroads: My Story of Tragedy and Resilience as a Humboldt Bronco, today on Amazon and at Indigo / Chapters along with other retailers near you.
Find where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine and how to support This Is Our Shot, by visiting ThisIsOutShot.ca.
Kaleb Dahlgren beats the odds. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of four, Kaleb was told by coaches and scouts that he would never find success in the sport. Instead of accepting defeat, Kaleb used the negativity as motivation.
He worked relentlessly and played successfully at the highest level of hockey every year of his career. His struggles inspired him to create the mentorship program, Dahlgren’s Diabeauties. This program uses hockey as a platform to shed light on Type 1 Diabetes, and provide support for children living with the disease.
On April 6th, 2018, on-route to a playoff game in Nipawin, the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus was involved in a horrific crash. The crash resulted in the death of 16 members of the Broncos team and left 13 more with critical injuries. Kaleb was one of the 13 survivors. He suffered extensive injuries including a fractured skull, a traumatic brain injury, and several fractures in his neck and back.
A true fighter, Kaleb was determined to heal and return to his true passion—hockey. Classified as a miracle by numerous doctors, Kaleb overcame the physical, mental and emotional traumas, and returned to hockey. He wanted to shine a hopeful light on the dark situation by continuing to live his life to the fullest. Further driven to make a difference in his community, Kaleb found himself back in Humboldt, continuing his volunteer work, days after being discharged from the hospital.
In 2018, prior to the crash, Kaleb’s verbal commitment to the York University Lions Varsity Men’s Hockey Team turned into an official scholarship. He is a key part of the York Lions’ community and has earned the U Sports Academic All-Canadian Award throughout all three years of his studies.
Currently, Kaleb is continuing to work on the growth of Dahlgren’s Diabeauties. Additionally, he continues to support various charities including his role as a National Ambassador for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund). Kaleb is also a professional speaker and has shared his powerful story and messages of hope to many groups across North America.
Kaleb graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from York University in April 2021.