Smiling Jack Jablonski, wearing a head brace, center, gets a hug from his mom, Leslie Jablonski after his team scored in the 2011 Minnesota Class AA quarter finals. (Special to MPR News by Derek Montgomery)
“A hit during a high school hockey game late last year sent Jack Jablonski into the boards. In that instant, Jablonski’s spinal cord was damaged and he slid to the ice, paralyzed.
“His life was forever changed, as were the lives of his parents and friends, his coaches and teammates, the young player who hit him. Communities hosted fund-raisers. Hockey parents demanded the sport be made safer.
“Now, as high school hockey season begins in Minnesota, the echoes of that hit still reverberate,” via Star Tribune.