I told you about young Jack Jablonski, the high school player who attends my Alma Mater, Benilde St. Margaret’s and was paralyzed from the waist down in a horrific hockey injury last week.
His story is making the rounds across Minnesota, striking a nerve with hockey fans and non-hockey fans alike. Yesterday, the Sharks had 4 representatives visit Jablonski at Hennepin County Medical Center. After that, a trip of Wild players visited. This is on top of a call from Wayne Gretzky and Paul Bissonette raising 18000 dollars with a special t-shirt. Pictured below is Jack’s younger brother Max after he planted the State of Hockey flag at center ice before last night’s game (a local kid does this before every game in Minnesota), while wearing Jack’s jersey, signed by supporters.
Many of my friends have shown their support for Jablonski by changing their Facebook images to a logo representing his name and number. St Croix Lutheran’s Jenna Privette did the same, and wrapped her stick in red tape as an homage to Jablonski, even saying she was playing the game for him.
Unfortunately, her time on the ice ended much the same way as Jack Jablonski’s. Privette was seriously injured after being checked into the boards from behind, and has suffered what is being called a “spinal concussion” which has left her unable to walk as well.
Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to both the Jablonski and Privette families.