ST PAUL, Minn. — Instead of practicing with his team at the ice rink this week, Joel Carlson, 17, was at Regions Hospital.
"We're trying to cope, I guess, as a group," said Rosemount hockey coach, Ricky Saintey, outside the hospital, before going in to visit Carlson, "They don't put this in the coaching manual."
Carlson was at a pool when, after jumping in, his family says he had a freak accident, leaving him with two broken vertebrae.
"I think the first day we all started skating again it was pretty tough," said teammate Garrett Horsager, "The locker room was pretty quiet. We were just all so shocked that this had happened to him."
The team and Rosemount community are trying to help, setting up a GoFundMe for Carlson and his family.
That GoFundMe says after a six-hour surgery, Carlson can move and feel his arms and is beginning to have feeling in his legs, but his family says it's still too soon to say what the outlook is for his future.
"He is hoping, he wants to get back on the ice and stuff," said teammate Mason Campbell.
Saintey says they'll continue to visit Carlson and help with whatever else he and his family need.
"We're going to be here every step of the way," he said.
If you'd like to help, you can visit the GoFundMe, here.
You can also track Carlson's progress, here.
The team will be taking donations for Carlson during a fundraiser Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.