PINE CITY, Minn. -- It’s no secret hockey players have a reputation of being tough, and Pine City’s Jonah Bergstrom is a prime example.
Born with cystic fibrosis, this senior hockey star has become an inspiration to his team, and his town, by shining on the ice -- despite what he goes through off it.
“I’m showing other kids with cystic fibrosis and other things they have going on that they can still do whatever they want,” Bergstrom said. “If they put their heart to it, they can do it.”
What Bergstrom did this season was nothing short of spectacular; breaking the school’s all-time scoring record, which had stood for 20 years. The Dragons also reached the 20-win mark for the first time in more than a decade.
“He’s a character kid,” Pine City hockey coach Grant Nicoll said. “There’s a reason he’s a two-year captain. We try to give that “C” to someone who’s going to take that to heart both on and off the ice, and he’s done that.”
Off the ice, Bergstrom hooks himself up to a chest pack and a mask every morning and every night for half an hour.
“I just have a lot of extra mucus in my lungs,” Bergstrom said. “I have to shake it up and get it out.”
Though the Dragons season did end Tuesday night, what Bergstrom accomplished won’t soon be forgotten.