MINNEAPOLIS - If love can heal, a 16-year-old hockey player from Benilde-St. Margaret's High Schoolparalyzed in a game last weekend has more than a fighting chance to walk again.
A sea of visitors streamed in and out of the room ofsophomore Jack Jablonski's room at Hennepin County Medical Center Monday. The crowd included teammates wearing their red jerseys, friends and family members, and hockey greats like former North Star player and coach Lou Nanne.
Jablonski is in a halo to stabilize his spine after being run into the boards Fridayduring the Holiday Hockey Classic tournament in St. Louis Park as the junior varsity Red Knights took on Wayzata.
JV coach Chris McGowan says one Wayzata player hit Jablonski in the shoulder blades as he went after the puck,and then the second player pushed him up against the boards.
Doctors report that Jack can't feel his legs, and has limited feeling in his hands and arms.They will not offer an official prognosis until the swelling in Jack's spinal cord goes down.
Jablonski will undergo surgery later this week to fuse his spine.
There is plenty of love and support being offered on Jablonski's Caring Bridge site as well. Messages from Minnesota Wild Captain Mikko Koivu and his teammates Casey Wellman, Matt Kassian and Nate Prosser are posted, as is one from New York Islander and former Gopher center Kyle Okposo.