Therapy dog from Sheldon Kennedy Centre visits Humboldt Broncos players in hospital

We all know animals have special healing powers.

They are often brought in during times of trauma. They tour nursing homes to give the elderly a friend to cuddle. They are even whisked into hospitals to help cure the spirits, at least, of the sick.

For one dog named Axel, a recent visit to a pair of patients in Canada is particularly meaningful.

The calming pooch spent time with Ryan Straschnitzki and Graysen Cameron in hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Both are Humboldt Broncos hockey players who were injured in last month’s devastating team bus crash in neighbouring Saskatchewan, which killed 16 people.

Straschnitzki and Cameron just moved from hospital in Saskatoon to be closer to home to recover.

Axel is a facility dog based at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre based in Calgary, Alberta.

The centre is named after Sheldon Kennedy, the former NHL player who was abused by a former coach when he was a junior hockey player. Kennedy also survived a bus crash while on the road with the Swift Current Broncos in 1986. Four teammates, however, were killed.

Kennedy knows first hand what the survivors are going through.


He has also visited some of the 13 left injured in hospital.

The support from both two and four-legged friends has been incredible.

Dogs indeed do have wings.

Photo Sheldon Kennedy/Twitter

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