Students wore white and said prayers for the injured hockey player.
In honor of injured hockey player Jack Jablonski, Richfield Blessed Trinity Catholic School fourth- through eighth-graders participated in a 'whiteout' event Friday. Students dressed in white, said prayers for Jablonski and his family, and monetary donations were collected for the Jack Jablonski Fund. Jablonski, a 16-year-old Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore, was checked from behind and into the boards during a junior varsity game on Dec. 30 against Wayzata. The hit left Jablonski paralyzed.
Benilde-St. Margaret's sophomore Jack Jablonski was paralyzed by a hit from behind.
The severe injury suffered by Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski has the Minnesota hockey community taking a closer look at the role of body-checking in the sport. Jablonski, a 16-year-old sophomore, was checked from behind and into the boards during a junior varsity game on Dec. 30 against Wayzata. The hit left Jablonski paralyzed. He had surgery on Wednesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center, and though family members said it was a "success," the prognosis is that Jablonski won't be able to walk or skate again. On Tuesday, the Minnesota State High School League sent a memo to all hockey coaches, referees and league officials, reiterating the dangers of checking from behind, which is illegal. “For nearly a decade the …