Ryan Straschnitzki

Ryan Straschnitzki

Calgary, Alberta
Humboldt Broncos Survivor, Mental Health and Disability Advocate, Storyteller
Ryan Straschnitzki is a distinguished expert in the fields of disability awareness, adaptive sports, and community inclusivity. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Ryan's journey from a promising junior ice hockey player to a paraplegic athlete has given rise to a remarkable story of resilience and triumph over adversity. Surviving a life-altering bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos in 2018, Ryan's unwavering spirit led him to embrace sled hockey and set his sights on gold with Team Canada in para-ice hockey. As a sought-after public speaker, he captivates audiences with his authentic storytelling, motivating individuals to overcome obstacles, fostering empathy and understanding, and emphasizing the significance of accessibility and inclusivity. His impact extends far beyond the podium, as he actively engages with businesses, educational institutions, and community groups, leaving a lasting impression and driving positive change through his unwavering commitment to values and principles. Ryan Straschnitzki's life is a testament to the power of perseverance, positivity, and the ability to transform tragedy into a mission for the greater good.
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  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Awareness Days
  • Celebrity
  • Conference
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Health and Safety
  • Inspirational
  • Interactive & Experience


Ryan Straschnitzki’s story is one of resilience, determination, and triumph over adversity. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Ryan’s journey into hockey began at the age of four, leading him to pursue his dreams at the Junior A level with the Humboldt Broncos. His life took a dramatic turn on April 6th, 2018, when a horrific accident involving his team’s bus changed not only his career but his entire outlook on life. Surviving the accident but left with life-altering injuries, Ryan’s unwavering spirit led him to an inspiring path of recovery. Faced with challenges that would break many, his mental fortitude and positive attitude enabled him to overcome physical limitations. His declaration to play sled hockey and aim for gold with Team Canada in para-ice hockey is a testament to his indefatigable will.

Ryan’s experiences have fueled his passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Through his STRAZ STRONG initiative, he empowers those with both mental and physical disabilities by promoting adaptive sports, social awareness, and rehabilitation. His compelling storytelling resonates with audiences, as he shares insights on living with a disability, the importance of accessibility, and the ways in which communities can foster inclusivity. A sought-after public speaker,

Ryan’s advocacy for disability awareness extends far beyond the podium. He has become a beacon of hope for many, working closely with organizations that champion inclusivity and provide support for those facing similar challenges. His partnerships with rehabilitation centers, schools, and non-profit organizations allow him to connect on a personal level, fostering an environment of empathy and understanding. Ryan’s hands-on approach and dedication are transforming lives, bridging gaps, and creating meaningful change in the lives of those he touches.

In the professional speaking circuit, Ryan Straschnitzki stands out as a dynamic force who not only shares his story but actively engages with his audience to drive change. His impact is felt long after he leaves the stage, with his message resonating in the hearts and minds of those who hear him. Businesses, educational institutions, and community groups are drawn to Ryan’s authenticity and the wisdom he imparts. His unwavering commitment to his values and principles is a constant reminder that with determination and a positive mindset, anything is possible. It is through his words and actions that Ryan continues to be an influential figure, making a lasting difference in society.

Ryan’s words not only recount his personal journey but also impart wisdom on motivation, self-improvement, and compassion. His speeches are filled with inspiration, information, and a compelling call to action. Ryan Straschnitzki’s life is a living testament to the power of perseverance, positive thinking, and the human ability to turn tragedy into a mission for the greater good. Whether consulting on accessibility or speaking at events, Ryan’s authenticity and courage continue to inspire greatness in others.




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Former Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki taking up basketball

CTV News

After dedicating his entire sporting life to hockey, former Humboldt Bronco player Ryan Straschnitzki is looking at another sport to help him fulfil his dream of representing Canada at the Paralympics. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down in 2018 when a semi-trailer ran a stop sign and...

'Willing to do anything': Humboldt Broncos crash survivor continues to raise awareness

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Ryan Straschnitzki's latest role is serving as an ambassador for Vecova, a society in Calgary that provides services and advocacy for the disabled.

From tragic accident to paralympic dreams: Ryan Straschnitzki's story


It was 2018 when a semi-trailer blew through a stop sign and into the Humboldt Broncos team's bus. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured. Ryan Straschnitzki was among the injured. He was paralyzed from the chest down and his hockey days seemed to be behind him.

Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos hockey player looks to improve buildings

Global News

Spending the last five years using a wheelchair has given former Humboldt Broncos hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki a new path forward. The 23-year-old from Airdrie, Alta., says so many times friends and family have had to carry his chair up stairs, wheel him down sketchy ramps and find other...

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Survivor of Humboldt Broncos crash still sees future in hockey

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Former Broncos player has sights set on Paralympic wheelchair basketball

Verita Neuro


Interview with Ryan Straschnitzki, ice hockey player and T2 level spinal cord injury patient.


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