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Hockey Day MN to Be Dedicated to Jablonski Family

The annual event is part of Hockey Blast 2012.

Hockey Day Minnesota, the annual hockey showcase that features high school games held outdoors on Lake Minnetonka, will be dedicated to Jack Jablonski's family this year.

Jablonski, a sophomore hockey player, was paralyzed by a hit he took in a junior varsity game on Dec. 30.

This year's Hockey Day Minnesota is set for Jan. 21, and will feature three high school games out on Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay. Later in the day, both the University of Minnesota men's hockey team and the Minnesota Wild will be playing at home.

The Wild, FOX Sports North and Wells Fargo will combine to host an all-day telethon beginning at 9 a.m., raising money for the Jack Jablonski Fund. In addition, there will be an online auction featuring Wild-related experiences, such as lunch with general manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Mike Yeo, with proceeds going to the Jablonski family.

On Jan. 22, Jablonski will be honored again, as the Jack Jablonski Junior Bronze Pond Hockey Tournament is set to be held on Lake Minnetonka, coinciding with the Pond Hockey North American Championships. Attendance will be $10, with proceeds going to the Jack Jablonski Fund. There will also be a silent auction to raise funds.

“This event will be an opportunity for the public to come show support, raise awareness and make donations to the Jack Jablonski Fund,” said event organizer and Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior Mario Zattoni in a press release. “It is a time to promote a sense of community, but most importantly, to have some fun.”

All of the weekend events are part of Hockey Blast 2012.

Gretchen Peterson January 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'm disappointed Jablonsky is receiving so much attention and HELP, while the young woman who was hit days later is being IGNORED. I think the public is aware of this young man - why can't they raise money for BOTH KIDS?????
Michael Rose (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Gretchen, I think you raise a fair point. From a news coverage perspective, we're focusing on Jack Jablonski over Jenna Privette because BSM is here in St. Louis Park and we try to keep our coverage as local as possible. However, Ms. Privette does deserve everyone's thoughts and well-wishes. Here is a Facebook support page for her: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-for-Jenna-Privette/273690692690391?sk=wall
Rusty January 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I think that his injury a severed spinal cord is deemed more critical. I've never seen a definitive medical diagnosis for Privette.
Michael Rose (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
From what I've read, Jenna's injury is not a severed spinal cord like Jack's: http://lakeville.patch.com/articles/update-jenna-privette-s-prognosis-good Not as severe, but certainly just as scary for family and friends.

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